A cable car accident occurred in San Francisco on Feb. 6 when one of these open-air people carriers stopped dead in its tracks. According to a San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority spokesperson by way of San Bruno Patch, the reason for this dangerous situation was that a bolt had been wedged into the track, causing the problem.
Because of the abrupt stop, 7 out of 50 riding the inbound Powell-Hyde cable car that halted while traveling along extra steep Nob Hill were injured.
One San Francisco commuter who was hurt is a man who fell and hit his head in an injury that has become life-threatening, claims San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge and as reported by The Associated Press via MSN.
In addition, four others were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Other injuries belonged to the conductor who allegedly bit his tongue and experienced a concussion. Meanwhile, the grip operator was said to have hurt his ribs.
So how would a bolt end up on a cable car track, causing such an accident?
Apparently, the one-and-a half-inch bolt found after the incident occurred was not there due to any random reason. In fact, Paul Rose, spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. believes that this particular placement "was deliberate."
However, the official stated, "It doesn't appear that there was any malicious intent."
The cable car accident happened at 10:15 a.m., PT, when service was immediately halted for several hours, starting up again at 1:45 p.m., PT. Inconvenienced riders who were not badly hurt by the sudden unscheduled stop were given bus transfers so they could continue on their way in the City by the Bay.