Two-car rollover crash blocks Taraval Street

Taraval street car rollover car wreck

Photo: Eric Walsh / Ocean Beach Bulletin

A two-car crash flipped one car, sent the driver to the hospital, and blocked eastbound traffic and the L-Taraval Muni line Thursday afternoon.

“I backed into the parking, and suddenly I see the back window, very fast,” said a man who said he drove a white Volkswagen that was struck by a black Lexus on eastbound Taraval Street near 42nd Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. The man, who declined to give his name, said his car was hit in the area of the driver’s door, and the impact not only smashed the front left side of the Volkswagen but also appeared to have bent the front wheels.

The Lexus flipped onto its roof from the impact of the crash, ending up perpendicular to the traffic lanes and streetcar tracks on Taraval. The driver of that car was taken to the hospital, said San Francisco police Sgt. Russell Gordon.

“It’s more preventative transportation than anything else,” Gordon said.

Gordon said he couldn’t say for sure how fast either car was moving at the time of the crash, but “speed may have been involved.”

Because the overturned car blocked the inbound L-Taraval tracks, Muni switched some inbound trains to use the outbound-side tracks. Muni then used shuttle buses on the L line instead of trains until police cleared the car off the tracks at about 1:30 p.m.

Watch a tow-truck operator flip the overturned car back onto its wheels:

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