Japan’s trains have earned almost cult status among foreign travelers for being punctual and efficient. As is the case in Spain with the AVE network, it seeks achieve maximum punctuality, although some people may become obsessed with arriving and departing on time.
This is the case of a Shinkansen bullet train conductor who left the cabin to go to the bathroom while the train was traveling at 150 kilometers per hour with almost 160 passengers on board. The 36-year-old driver stood outside the cabin of the Hikari train No. 633 for about three minutes and asked a conductor, who I did not have a license to drive the train, to take care of him in his absence, according to CNN.
Fortunately, there was no damage to regretBut the company issued an official apology, adding that it will enforce the rules among its staff. In addition, he is considering admonishing both drivers.
The driver also apologized, saying his prolonged bathroom break was the result of abdominal pain. He added that he had not stopped the train at the nearest station. because I didn’t want to cause a delay.
According to JR Central, which operates the government-owned Tokaido Shinkansen line, connecting Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, this is the first time a bullet train conductor vacated the cabin of a moving train while there were passengers on board.