Thursday, July 17, 2008

Breakaway. . .

In one of my first blog entries I mentioned my fear of the Muni buses breaking free from the overhead electrical wires.  I went on to express my concern about the possibility of the bus rolling backwards down the steep hills of San Francisco.

One of my dear readers sent me an email after seeing the blog and asked if this was another one of my irrational fears.  She assured me that there were highly skilled engineers who were probably paid lots of money to design a breaking system for the Muni bus system.  

Ok...I see where she was coming from on this point.  But what about the Cable Cars?  Their systems are WAY old.

So I would just like to share with you that this week a Cable Car did break free from the underground cable and went careening down the hill until it eventually derailed injuring several passengers.  

Allegedly both the Cable Car operators had stepped off the car at the time of the accident and this was a violation of Muni policy and procedure.

Anyway, I would just like to say that maybe my fear was not so irrational after all.

Here is a link to the newspaper article about the accident:

The Song Of The Day - Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson

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