A San Diego Trolley was forced to make an emergency
stop in the middle of Mt. Hope Cemetery early Tuesday, February 3. At the time
, the peak-hour Orange Line trolley was traveling between the 47th Street
and 32nd/Commercial stations. Since the distance between these stations
is longer than average, trolleys often increase speed along this area to
keep on schedule.
A city maintenance vehicle had failed to stop at a
trolley crossing within the cemetery, breaking off the wooden arm on the
warning device at the crossing. The trolley operator was forced to make a
sudden emergency stop to avoid hitting the broken arm. After exiting the
trolley to move the arm from the tracks, he received applause from
Peak-hour trolleys regularly include four cars to accommodate the
extra passengers. They are required to reduce the train length to a
maximum of three cars in the downtown San Diego area to avoid blocking
intersections. Possibly as a result of the earlier emergency stop, the
trolley was unable to uncouple its excess car automatically, and this had
to be done manually.
The trolley operator explained the
necessity of the emergency stop and the need to manually decouple the extra
car. Passengers were observed to be grateful for his quick action to
avoid an accident and possible injuries.