Historic downtown LA trolley derails; no injuries

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Posted: Sep 05, 2013 7:54 PM
Historic downtown LA trolley derails; no injuries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A historic Los Angeles trolley derailed Thursday after an electrical issue caused one of its two rail cars to come off the tracks.

No one was hurt, but six people were helped off the train. Only one was riding on the derailed car.

Angels Flight Railway President John H. Welborne said in a statement that a grounding brush for one of the cars had malfunctioned, depleting its batteries.

The lack of power triggered the trolley's safety system and shut down operations. A rail brake caused the rear wheels on the car to lift.

The railway will be running again once electrical issues are resolved and the California Public Utilities Commission approves.

The tiny funicular dubbed "the shortest railway in the world" has had a history of safety problems.