SAN FRANCISCO — Seven cable car passengers were injured Wednesday morning when the cable car they were riding hit a small metal object lodged in the line and slammed to a sudden stop on Nob Hill, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Five people were transported to a hospital, with one person suffering life threatening injuries. The accident was reported on Powell Street near Washington Street at about 10:15 a.m. Both the conductor and the grip operator were among the injured. Another cable car had safely travelled over the spot about 10 minutes before the accident occurred, according to the director of the Municipal Transportation Agency.
Mile for mile, cable cars get in more accidents and cause more injuries than any other form of transportation in the country. Cable cars run on 19th century technology that uses underground cables and wooden blocks to stop. The collision injury rate for cable cars is more than double the rate of Muni buses and 3-5 times the rate of light rail and electric trolley buses in San Francisco.
Injured victims of this accident may benefit from speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has represented victims of cable car accidents. If the transportation agency is determined to be responsible for this accident, the injured passengers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and related expenses.
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