May 20, 1988 |
A "human error" by an inexperienced gripman, who nevertheless managed to warn his passengers of danger, caused Monday's cable car crash that injured 36 people, federal investigators said Thursday. Gerald Bolden, a rookie cable car operator, did not properly tighten the car's grip on the underground cable that prevents the car from moving any faster than 9 1/2 m.p.h., the speed of the cable, investigators told the San Francisco Chronicle in a story published in today's editions.
May 19, 1988 |
The general manager of the San Francisco Municipal Railway said tests conducted in January raised doubts about the ability of cable car brakes to halt a fully loaded car on slick Hyde Street hill, where a cable car slammed into a truck Monday, injuring 31 people. Based on the tests, general manager William Stead said there was little chance the cable car could have stopped before the collision. In most circumstances, Stead said, "You can't stop on a wet day."
September 5, 1996 |
To say traffic was bad in and around San Francisco on Wednesday was a major understatement. Car wrecks stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel. An apparent suicide attempt halted BART trains. And a crane accident shut down roads leading to and from San Francisco International Airport. "I don't know what to say," California Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Weiss said. "These accidents happen, but unfortunately they're happening on the same day."
December 30, 1996 |
A streetcar being towed for repairs derailed Sunday, striking five cars and slightly injuring three people, officials said. The streetcar was being towed to a nearby garage when it came loose and slid down a hill. The streetcar's operator and two people in a car were hurt. They were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, officials said.
June 28, 1987
The vice consul of Uruguay claimed diplomatic immunity and could not be arrested on a drunk driving charge after an injury accident in San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol reported Saturday. Officer Mark Pieschke said 29-year-old Gustavo Segovia was driving on Doyle Drive south of the Golden Gate Bridge early Friday when his car plowed into the rear of another car.
February 24, 1987
A terrified tourist was pinned and severely bruised when the cable car she was riding passed a double-parked airport van, San Francisco police said. Rebecca Mallinger, 29, Muskego, Wis., was on the cable car's running board clutching a side grip when it came alongside the van, trapping her between the two vehicles. Mallinger was treated at a nearby hospital and released. "She's a real lucky woman," Officer Doug Foss said.