Person injured after cable car collides with vehicle

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

One person was injured when a cable car ran into a car that entered its path on San Francisco’s steep California Street on Thursday morning, a Muni spokesman said.

The cable car was headed downhill on California Street passing through Chinatown when a driver changed lanes in front of the cable car about 8:30 a.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The operator pulled the emergency brake but was unable to stop the cable car from hitting the vehicle, Rose said.

One person inside the car was hurt and was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, he said.

Rose noted that wet weather affects cable cars’ braking time.

“Any time there’s rain involved and cable cars going down a hill, it does take longer to stop,” he said. “People should be aware of that and create extra space between their vehicle and the cable cars in wet weather.”

Rose said the incident was cleared about 9:20 a.m.Bay Area Newscable carCalifornia StreetChinatown

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling… Continue reading

A 14-Mission Muni bus heads down Mission Street near Yerba Buena Gardens. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency

The streets of San Francisco became real-time laboratories for The City’s public… Continue reading

San Francisco Public Bank Coalition advocates rallied on Feb. 5, 2019 as the Board of Supervisors considered supporting the creation of a public banking charter. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to… Continue reading

Apprenticeship instructor Mike Miller, center, demonstrates how to set up a theodolite, a hyper-sensitive angle measuring device, for apprentices Daniel Rivas, left, Ivan Aguilar, right, and Quetzalcoatl Orta, far right, at the Ironworkers Local Union 377 training center in Benicia on June 10, 2021. (Courtesy Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
California’s affordable housing crisis: Are labor union requirements in the way?

By Manuela Tobias CalMatters California lawmakers introduced several bills this year that… Continue reading

Mayor London Breed spoke at the reopening of the San Francisco Public Library main branch on April 20. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to The Examiner)
SF reopening more libraries through the summer

After a handful of San Francisco public libraries reopened last month for… Continue reading

Most Read