Monday, June 06, 2016

A Cable Car Named Desire

On September 29, 1964 Gloria Skyes was onboard a San Francisco cable car when the cable grip failed, and the car started to slide backwards with thirty-six people onboard. Sixteen managed to jump off the car. That left twenty people, including Sykes.

As the car rolled downhill, it quickly picked up speed. The gripman yanked on the emergency brake, causing the vehicle to come to an abrupt halt. Passengers went sprawling onto the floor and slammed into seats. Sykes banged her head into a steel pole which she put a dent in. She sued for damages claiming that the accident had transformed her into a sex-addict.

Interest in her story has continued to the present and in 2014 it got turned into a musical. The production, titled The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, debuted to positive reviews.
More about the case here 

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