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Bolt Blamed For SF Cable Car Snafu

Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority, said he did not believe the bolt was placed in the tracks deliberately.

A cable car stopped dead in its tracks Wednesday when a bolt jammed up the works, an SFMTA spokerson said.

The problem occurred about 10:15 a.m. on the inbound Powell-Hyde cable car, said Paul Rose, spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority.

Seven people -- the conductor and the gripman included -- were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Rose told Patch.

He added that it was his understanding that everyone remained in the car when it stopped abruptly, contrary to published reports that someone fell out.

Service was halted, inconveniencing riders, until 1:45 p.m., Rose said.

However, riders were given transfers for buses.

Rose said he did not think the bolt's placement on the tracks was deliberate.

"It doesn't appear that there was any malicious intent," he told Patch.

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