Recipe for disaster: Train drivers in Argentina caught dozing
Buenos Aires: Argentine train drivers have been caught on video half asleep at the controls, talking on cell phones and reading books since a deadly rail crash in June, officials said Thursday.
"Less than a month after cameras were installed in train conductors` cabs, the results have been overwhelming," said Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo.
Randazzo showed video images taken from the surveillance cameras which showed drivers nodding off, on the phone or reading, sometimes with their hands off the controls altogether.
A driver seen struggling to keep his eyes open "has already been relieved of his duties," Randazzo said. "He was driving a train with a thousand passengers."
His disclosure came as investigators in Spain found that the driver of a speeding train that derailed in Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people, was talking on a cellphone at the time.
Argentina began putting surveillance cameras in conductors cabs after three people were killed in June when a passenger train slammed into another train at a station in the western outskirts of Buenos Aires.
In February 2012, 51 people were killed and more than 700 injured when a train slammed into a retaining wall in a station in Buenos Aires.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP CM Yogi Adityanath takes 50 decisions without single Cabinet meet
- Triple Talaq: Why AIMPLB are opposing the petitions filed in Supreme Court?
- Legal, illegal slaughterhouses in UP: What you need to know
- DNA: Should strict action be taken against stone pelters of J&K?
- Triple talaq, polygamy integral part of Islam: AIMPLB tells SC
- Kapil Sharma–Sunil Grover fallout: Kiku Sharda finally breaks silence
- Chinese national insults Indian flag, throws it in dustbin outside Noida Oppo office; massive protest takes place
- Left to die on road, pregnant Lucknow woman writes to PM Narendra Modi to end 'triple talaq', says 'I voted for BJP'
- Gautam Gambhir gives Aussies perfect send-off, says true champions let their game do all the talking!
- Here's why Donald Trump called PM Narendra Modi