SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — A cable car smashed into a bus near San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood Sunday afternoon, a San Francisco Municipal Railway spokesman said.

A 30-outbound Muni bus was struck by a cable car near Columbus Avenue and Chestnut Street at about 4 p.m., spokesman Paul Rose said.

The driver apparently lost control of the cable car after it couldn’t keep its grip on a worn cable, Rose said.

Two passengers in the crash complained of minor injuries, but refused treatment.

Drivers in the bus and cable car will undergo drug and alcohol testing, Rose said, but no administrative leave has been planned.

Crews were still working to restore service on cable cars near the crash as of 6:30 p.m.

Shuttles were put in place to assist passengers impacted by the lack of service, Rose said.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report)

Comments (6)
  1. Steve says:

    Give the worn cable a drug test!

  2. Martin says:

    I rode a cable car down to the wharf, I was hanging off the side with one foot on a very small platform, it was scary, they are kind of dangerous

  3. Josh says:

    Thanks for the keen observation, Martin

  4. bb says:

    you know what… just shut up. locals use the cable cars to get around and it’s damn fun. people like you need to leave if that’s the way you feel. you’re not welcome in this city. go move out to the suburbs where you belong.

  5. Maria says:

    “We need to stop saving all this historic junk and replace it with new stuff so that future generations have something to marvel over like the cable cars today”

    If you dont live in the city, the cable cars shouldnt be any of your concern! So please shut up and mind your own business! Thank you very much.

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