Train drivers in Argentina caught on video dozing off
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) - 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 on Wednesday.
"Less than a month after cameras were installed in train conductors' cabs, the results have been overwhelming," said Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo.
Mr 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," Mr 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.