LA’s Angels Flight funicular derails

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Los Angeles skyline with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background

Los Angeles skyline with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angels Flight, the tiny funicular railway that goes up and down a hill in Los Angeles, has derailed.

Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main says one of the two rail cars came off its tracks late Thursday morning.

Firefighters assisted six people off the train and there were no injuries.

The historic funicular opened in 1901 to carry people between the Hill Street business district and the top of Bunker Hill. It was dismantled in 1969 for a redevelopment project and was stored for years before being reassembled in its current location.

In 2001, one car rolled down the track and crashed into the lower car, killing one person and injuring seven others.

It reopened in 2010, but two years ago there were concerns about wheel wear.

 

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