The driver of a bullet train driver applied the emergency brake on his train in Okayama on Sunday night after he apparently realized he wasn't wearing his glasses, West Japan Railway Co (JR West) said on Monday. The driver told passengers on the train intercom system that the brake had been applied because a crew member wasn't feeling well.
According to a TV Asahi report, the driver, a 48-year-old man, was operating the Nozomi-53 Sanyo train bound for Hakata from Tokyo. He contacted the Tokyo office just after 8 p.m. and said he had forgotten his glasses and that he would be stopping the train. He then applied the brakes about eight kilometers shy of Okayama station. JR West sent another driver to relieve him and the train arrived at its destination approximately 45 minutes late.
JR West released a statement Monday in which it apologized to passengers for the inconvenience and said that it doesn't know why the driver lied about the reason for stopping. The company also told press that the driver has been employed with them for 24 years and was only required to wear glasses since early this month, when he just barely missed the required score to drive without them on an eyesight test.© Japan Today