June 3, 2009 | Barb Carr

Report of Operator sleeping at the controls of the train being “blown out of Proportion” say authorities!

This title got my attention, “Driver ‘dozes off’ on India train.” Problem is that I did not expect to read these next lines from the article:

When some of the passengers managed to reach the engine, they apparently found the driver snoring away.

“We sounded the alarm and began to shout – only then did the driver wake up,” passenger Vivek Thakur was quoted by a local newspaper as saying.

Mr Kumar admitted that the train had missed stops and had to retrace its route, but described it as “a small incident blown out of proportion”.

“Let the inquiry be completed and only then will we be able to say whether the driver fell asleep or not.”

Now I understand the role of damage control and the need to investigate this incident. What I don’t agree with is how the Authority handled the public and media response. Either there was a medical condition, he was asleep, or this was inattentiveness. Regardless of the final investigation report, this should be considered a Near Miss. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8080656.stm

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