cable-car.jpgSan Francisco Municipal Railway’s California Street cable car line resumed service this morning after a minivan struck a cable car in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood, a Muni spokesman said.

The crash was reported at 7:51 a.m. at the intersection of California Street and Grant Avenue, spokesman Paul Rose said.

No one was injured in the crash, but cable car service was disrupted while crews removed the cable car and vehicle from the line, Rose said.

Bus shuttles were set up until regular service resumed at 10:11 a.m., Rose said.

The crash came less than half an hour after another disruption on the line that occurred when a cable car operator pulled the car’s emergency brake, Rose said.

The brake was pulled at 7:24 a.m. near California and Leavenworth streets, he said.

There was no damage to the cable car and no one was injured, but Muni’s procedures stipulate that a car must be taken out of service when its emergency brake is activated, according to Rose.

Muni officials are investigating why the brake was pulled, he said.

9:57 AM: San Francisco Municipal Railway’s California Street cable car line is temporarily out of service this morning, transit officials said.

The cable car line was out of service as of 9:08 a.m. due to an earlier incident, according to an alert posted on Muni’s website.

A Muni spokesman was not immediately available to provide more information on the incident or when regular service will resume.

Bus shuttles have been set up along that route.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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