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7 suffer minor injuries in San Francisco cable car accident

February 6, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Seven people were hospitalized Wednesday after a San Francisco cable car apparently stopped suddenly to avoid an obstruction on the tracks, officials said.

The incident happened shortly after 10:15 a.m. at Washington and Powell streets, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said. No other vehicles were involved, and Rose said those aboard the car suffered minor injuries.

Officials were still trying to determine what the obstruction was that prompted the car to stop, Rose said. The intersection was closed for the investigation, and shuttles were in place for affected riders.

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