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Police, firemen and emergency medical personnel (EMTs) are on site at the Angels Flight funicular railway, which on February 1, 2001 experienced mechanical failure, resulting in the death of passenger Leon Praport, 83, and the injuries of seven others, including Praport's wife, Lola. The accident occurred when the ascending Sinai cable car suddenly reversed direction and uncontrollably accelerated downhill and struck the Olivet cable car near the lower terminus. According to an investigation conducted by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) the probable cause of the accident was the improper design and construction of the Angels Flight funicular drive and the failure of the various regulatory bodies to ensure that the railway system met the initial safety design specifications and funicular railway safety standards.
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