A fed-up Spanish train driver has left 109 passengers stranded after he refused to work overtime and stopped some 300km away from their destination. The train was making its way to the capital of Madrid when it suddenly stopped at the village of Osorno at 9.15pm, two hours into the journey.
Initially the confused passengers were told the halt was caused by technical problems but about 15 minutes later the truth filtered through the carriages.
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The EL PAIS quotes :”They said the engineer had decided to stop because he had finished his workday and did not want to risk having an accident by excessive hours,”
The train conductor told the customers a bus would have to come and take them the rest of the way to Madrid, which this would arrive until 11.30pm.
A spokesman for the Semaf (rail workers’ union) said the driver asked for another engineer to travel on board to be their relief. EL PAIS ads: “They should have had a substitute driver lined up but it didn’t happen. We’ve seen similar things in the past.”
Train operator Renfe refunded the fares for passengers and said it would investigate.
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