SF Tour Bus Driver heard explosion before crash

Nov 17, 2015 9:48 PM by Debbie Cobb

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The driver of an out-of-control tourist bus that injured 20 people when it careened through a popular downtown San Francisco shopping district said through a lawyer that he was powerless to stop the runaway vehicle.

Lawyer Robert Cartwright represents driver Kenneth Malvar, who remained hospitalized Tuesday with serious injuries after the Friday afternoon accident. Cartwright said his client recounted a harrowing tale of losing control of the double-decker bus and being powerless to stop it as it continued to pick up speed. Malvar said he heard a small explosion underneath the bus before the trouble began.

The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report the 52-year-old Malvar's account of the accident.

The San Francisco police are investigating. Bus company City Sightseeing chief executive Christian Watts didn't return calls.

20 people were injured in the crash, four people remain in critical condition.


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