Monday, February 9, 2009

Bill Brand in critical condition after Muni accident

A man who was hospitalized after being hit by the San Francisco
Muni N-Judah train Sunday night is veteran Oakland Tribune reporter Bill Brand, according to Pete Wevurski, managing editor of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.

Brand, who retired from the Tribune late last year but still writes a beer column for the newspaper, is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, Wevurski told Bay City News.

The accident occurred around 9:10 p.m. at Second and King streets, near AT&T Park. Service on the N-Judah and T-Third Street lines was disrupted for about two hours afterward. San Francisco police are investigating the accident.

Veteran Tribune reporter Harry Harris told BCN that Brand has worked for the paper for more than 25 years, covering a variety of beats including crime, science, business and UC-Berkeley.

"He's worn many hats for the Tribune and he's worn all of them very well," Harris said.

Harris said the Tribune's staff is pulling hard for Brand to recover from his injuries.

"He's a fighter," Harris said. (Photo credit: Tribune, Nick Lammers)

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