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Tucson trolley loses brakes, hits 3 cars

Capitol Police Officer Scott Schade positioned his patrol car to prevent the trolley car from moving any further, after it had run the tracks with no brakes and hit three cars. (Photo courtesy of the Tucson Police Department)

Capitol Police Officer Scott Schade positioned his patrol car to prevent the trolley car from moving any further, after it had run the tracks with no brakes and hit three cars. (Photo courtesy of the Tucson Police Department)

A trolley car full of passengers crashed into three vehicles after its brakes went out Jan. 16 in Tucson.

The trolley, part of the system that has been operating in Tucson for about six months, was travelling south on Fourth Avenue when operators realized the brakes had failed. Loaded with approximately 10 passengers, it picked up speed as it rolled down an incline at the entrance of the Fourth Ave. tunnel, which was recently expanded to handle cars and the trolley line. It hit two vehicles along the way.

It was headed toward the intersection at Congress Street, a busy arterial road, before losing momentum on a small hill leading out of the tunnel. That’s when it reversed course and rolled backward into a third vehicle.

Tucson Police and Capitol Police Officer Scott Schade arrived shortly after, parking their patrol cars behind the train to prevent it from moving any further.

Schade said the vehicles were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

“It was pretty lucky. It could have been something pretty major,” he said. “There is an electrical line in there, who knows what could have happened.”

Schade said there have been a lot accidents associated with the trolley system.

“It’s just been a nightmare I guess down here,” he said. “Ask any officer about the trolley, and they will just shake their head. I’d like to see them shut it down actually.”

4 comments

  1. The trolley has been operating for over 15 years and this is the first accident the was the fault of the trolley and it was caused by mechicanal faliure not driver error. The trolley is composed of all repeat all volenters. The police just don’t know what the laws are covering the trolley. That is what causes them problems. Please get your article correct.

  2. I have been a conductor on the Trolley for the past 6 years. Volunteer. We have never had an accident that was the fault of the Trolley or the Motorman.

    I would like for Officer Schade to submit a list of the Officers who think the Trolley should be shut down, and their rationale.

    All of my encounters with TPD Officers result in fondness and praise for such a culture based, clean and healthy, leisure time activity as the Trolley provides.

    Mike Brewer/USMC/Military Police/Retired

  3. I was on the Trolley when this happened!

  4. I was in the car it hit and ruined. It took the city over 2 months to give me the money to buy another car. Crazy

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