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Streetcar Smashes Into Home

August 4, 1986

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A streetcar slammed on its emergency brakes to avoid two teen-agers and skidded into a parked car, pushing it through the bedroom wall of a home, officials say.

Primo Arellano, 80, was tossed from his bed when the car hit the wall of his house Sunday. He was taken to a hospital but released.

″Thank God the car was there to act as a buffer for the streetcar,″ said Joseph Padua, Arellano’s grandson. ″The car looks like a sardine can and you can see through the bedroom wall.″

Operator Tony Ambus hit the brakes when two youths jumped in front of the streetcar, said George Newkirk, a spokesman for the Municipal Railway.

Newkirk said the emergency brakes locked the wheels, sending the front section of the streetcar skidding from the tracks.

The streetcar ended up alongside the house.

No one aboard the streetcar was injured.

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