In the first case of a death by a cable car collision in nearly a decade, a 93-year-old man who was struck by a cable car Sunday afternoon has died from his injuries. As KRON 4 reports, the incident occurred at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Mason and Filbert Streets on Russian Hill, and the man died early Monday. His identity has not been released pending family notification.
The cable car, on the Powell-Mason line, was traveling southbound at the time, knocking the man to the ground. According to the Chronicle, the man was walking in a marked crosswalk, and service on the line was shut down for about 80 minutes, resuming at 4:26 p.m.
SFMTA director Edward D. Reiskin issued a statement saying, "Speaking for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, I express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the individual who was fatally struck by a cable car at Mason and Filbert. The SFMTA will continue to work with the San Francisco Police Department as we undertake all necessary investigations into this matter."
This is the first incident of a fatality in a cable car accident since 2008, the Chronicle notes, when an elderly woman was struck along the same line at the intersection of Mason and Broadway and died the following day.
According to the Associated Press in an investigative piece in 2013, injuries related to SF's cable cars occur on average about once a month, with over 150 occurring over the previous decade. The cable cars "routinely rank among the most accident-prone mass transportation modes in the country per vehicle mile traveled annually," and resulted in the city having to pay upwards of $8 million to settle about four dozen cable-car-related legal claims.