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San Francisco cable car crash injures 6 people in Nob Hill

A cable car was forced to make an emergency stop Monday at Washington and Taylor Streets, resulting in six people sustaining minor injuries. | Source: Julie Makinen/The Standard

Several people were injured in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood Monday after a cable car was forced to make an emergency stop for a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection.

Mariano Elias, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson, said the cable car was traveling downhill on Washington Street. In order to prevent a collision with the vehicle at the intersection of Washington and Taylor Streets, Elias explained, the cable car operator had to apply the emergency brake as a “last resort.”

The abrupt stop caused the passengers aboard the cable car to lunge forward, he said. A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson told The Standard that the incident took place at 12:37 p.m.

Fourteen people were examined for injuries; six of them were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, while the rest declined transport.

Workers were at the scene shortly after the accident to remove the emergency brake attached to the track.