A conductor on a train on the JR Narita Express, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), failed to open the doors on the train after he dozed off.
According to JR East, the incident occurred just after 12 noon on Saturday, Fuji TV reported. The train arrived on time at Tokyo Station from Narita Airport, but the doors failed to open. Another conductor arrived to start his shift and found the conductor dozing. The doors remained closed for 30 seconds before the new conductor opened them.
The conductor, who dozed off, is in his 40s. JR East said he told them he wasn't feeling well and that he had taken some medicine before starting work. He said it was the voice of the conductor who came to replace him that woke him up.
JR East said the conductor doesn't know how long he was asleep and can't remember anything after the train left Chiba Station, which would mean he may have been asleep for 20 minutes. JR said it wasn't the first time the conductor in question had fallen asleep while on the job. JR said the conductor will be subject to thorough disciplinary action.© Japan Today