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Bay Area Newsgroup columnist, Bill Brand (Nick Lammers/staff)
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SAN FRANCISCO — A recently retired longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune was critically injured when he was hit by a Muni train Sunday night near AT&T Park, police said.

William Brand, 70, was walking near Second and King streets around 9:10 p.m. when he appeared to accidentally walk into the path of an oncoming N-Judah train, Inspector Dean Taylor of the San Francisco Police Department said.

Brand was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

"I spoke to his wife, and it sounds like he was on the phone with her just before the accident, maybe just minutes before," Taylor said.

Brand was knocked into a nearby pole by the impact, Taylor said.

The investigation is continuing, but it appears to have been an accident, Taylor said.

Brand's wife, Daryl, said Monday evening she appreciates all the love, prayers and outpouring of support for her husband.

Brand retired from regular news gathering at the Tribune in November after 27 years at the paper. He has continued to write a well-read beer blog titled "What's On Tap."

On Sunday night, Brand was returning from the 21st Amendment Brewery on Second Street where he had attended a food and beer pairing event he was writing about for his blog.

"Bill is tough. If there is anyone capable of coming back from this, it's him," Tribune editor Martin G. Reynolds said. "He has been a part of the Tribune family for almost 30 years, so we are all shocked and concerned. We are sending Bill and his family our thoughts and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

SFPD's hit-and-run section is investigating the incident, as is standard when Muni vehicles are involved in collisions with pedestrians, police said. Anyone with information can call Sgt. Jennifer Forrester at 415-553-1640.