A major BART inconvenience creates ripples -- not so much like a smooth pebble tossed in a pristine pond but a foul object deposited into a stagnant puddle.
Muni begins to resemble a large sardine can, with our own bodily fluids taking on the role served by olive oil, cottonseed oil, or vegetable oil in the realm of canned fish. Cars flood the roads. Bicyclists are menaced. The Seventh Seal is opened and, lo, something like a great mountain burning with fire is thrown in the sea, and a third of the sea becomes blood.
It can ruin your morning.
San Franciscans are all too familiar with the ramifications of transit failures. What boggles the mind a bit more is the scenario that led to it in the first place. How could two maintenance vehicles colliding take out 380 feet of track?
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BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the mishap occurred at 2:35 a.m. when a "self-powered flat car" moving down the hill between West Oakland station and the transbay tube rear-ended a track-welding pickup called a "high-railer."
The flat car then pushed the high-railer along, ripping up 380 feet of track and the insulators for the electric third rail. Trost believes people on each vehicle leaped to safety -- implying a rather slow collision and ensuing track-ripping grind. So, that's what we know. Here's what we don't: