Two visitors to Alcatraz Island were injured when the roof of a tram they were riding in crashed on top of them.
The incident occurred when the tram — which is described to be similar to a golf car — carrying four people from the ferry to the main cell tower “hit something” causing the roof to collapse forward on the passengers, according to Kagen Firth, spokeswoman with Alcatraz Cruises LLC.
The San Francisco Fire Department responded to the island. Fire Deputy Chief Pat Gardner said the tram hit a wall, but did not know how or why that had happened.
The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m.
The tram is typically used to transport “mobility challenged” visitors from the ferry to the main cell house. Firth was not sure if either party injured was mobility challenged. She said the two victims — a man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s— were alert and awake when transported back to Pier 33 and taken to a nearby hospital.
One person was hit in the upper body, the other was hit in the head, according to Firth.
Their injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening, according to Firth.
“It wasn’t a heavy structure,” Firth said. “But it certainly doesn’t feel like a feather.”
The two victims were traveling in a party of four people. The other two people were not injured.
This incident comes two weeks after a small fire in the cell house closed the island for one day after the fire alarm system could not be shut off.