Castro accident in pictures

This is a live followup to Casto on fire. There are lots of people and news crews, and it’s very, very quiet. I ran into my dear friend Sister Mabel Syrup, as the Sisters were on their way to do Dining Out for Life at Catch when — and this is incredible — the accident happened and one of the Sisters pulled someone out of a burning car. Sister Mabel was in tears and they were all looking for the heroic Sister.

There were what looks like eight cars in the accident; in one photo you can see the crushed motorcycle, which is where the gas came from that ran down the street in what witnesses were calling a “river of fire” under cars behind the accident.

More pictures after the jump.

6 Comments so far

  1. SEAN (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 7:20 am

    How sad. This is just wild. It’s amazing that more people weren’t injured since that’s such a prime pedestrian stretch of sidewalk. At a peak time too. God bless Sister Mabel for such instinctively heroic actions.

  2. Sillynun (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    A car veered out of control after running the red light at Castro and Market, and hit another car that was trying to park in the lot behind the Castro Theater. He also hit the Motorcycle. My friend is the owner of the motorcycle, and he is alright, luckily another friend had distracted him in a conversation on the street, or he would have been on his bike heading home. The sister in question is Sister Gladys Pantsroff of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who along with Dane the tall skinny blonde homeless guy pulled one of the drivers from the car and administered CPR. The driver of the Buick (the one who ran the light and started the crash) is in the hospital, the driver of the BMW died at the scene. It’s a tragedy, and a clear indication of how amazing folks in SF are when it comes to helping each other out. Including the homeless folks.

  3. Ernie (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    Some other photos (including my friend Matt’s) can be found on flickr here:

  4. violet (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 10:30 am

    Sillynun, thank you for the clarification; I woke up to find a sweet letter from Sister Mable in my inbox, also clarifying:

    (…) “As you know, ’twas not Sister Mable doing the heroing… I was just a
    concerned Nunne lookin for my daughter.

    The HeroNun was Sister Gladys Pantzarhoff, aka Daddy Tony Koester of Stop
    AIDS (aka my daughter in the Order ;)” (…)

    And while there’s more info in this article at SFGate, and pictures with fire:

    they sadly omitted the actions of Sister Gladys; but still, we are amazingly strong and caring people here in SF. Like Sean said, it’s really incredible that more people weren’t hurt (though there were *lots* of witnesses, as the weather had everyone outside).

    And wow, those Flickr photos are incredible. I’m really, really glad I blog here at SFMetblogs.

  5. David Kaye (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    It is a miracle. It is a miracle that only one person was killed and one injured, given the huge fire, the number of vehicles involved, and the fact that Castro Street normally has huge numbers of people walking past Cliff’s in the early evening. Given the place where this incident happened, it’s a wonder that 15 or 20 people weren’t killed and scores more injured.

    If I didn’t believe in miracles I certainly do now.

  6. robert (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    oh my god!!

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