Cable car driver seriously injured after being hit by minivan

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — A San Francisco cable car conductor was seriously injured when a
minivan struck him in the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood on Monday, police and
Municipal Railway officials said Tuesday.
The 53-year-old conductor was hit at about 10:35 a.m. Monday in
the 1100 block of Powell Street, police said.
He had gotten off of a Powell/Mason cable car and was struck while
walking alongside it to help maneuver it on the tracks between Washington and
Jackson streets and to assist passengers who were getting off of the cable
car, Muni spokesman Robert Lyles said.
The conductor suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and bleeding to
the liver and is expected to be hospitalized for at least a week. Police
classified the injuries as life-threatening, but Lyles said the conductor is
expected to survive.
The 42-year-old man driving the minivan stopped at the scene.
Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza today said he did not know whether the
driver will face a citation for the crash.
Lyles said Muni investigators are working with police to determine
the cause of the crash. No other information about the case was immediately
available this morning, he said.

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