Tuesday, March 22, 2011
What happens when a 35 ton streetcar loses its brakes on a hill?
Adrian Mihai, spokesman for public transport for the northeastern city of Iasi, said Monday's accident occurred as the streetcar was descending a hill, when it collided with a bus, and several cars in its path. Dozens of passengers on the streetcar and bus suffered slight injuries.
Mihai said initial investigations showed the streetcar had problems with its brakes.
The streetcar was built in 1973 and donated to Romania by the Swiss government.
here and here. Romanian newspaper calls trams (streetcars) "moving coffins," chronicles years of problems due to bad brakes on hills and snow-related derailments here.