Osaka public transport authorities said Sunday that a woman was trapped for around 4 1/2 hours in a subway car which had reached the terminus at Yaominami Station on the Tanimachi line.
The 20-year-old woman got on the last train home and fell asleep in the fifth car. The driver, a 37-year-old man, is being held responsible for the incident for failing to properly confirm that the train was empty before leaving at about 12:15 a.m., subway officials said.
According to transport authorities, standard practice is for the driver to walk through the entire length of the train before disembarking. However, the driver in question is believed to have checked the 5th car from the adjoining carriage but failed to notice the woman who was sleeping in a blind spot just below the window.
The train was left at the platform as it was scheduled to be used as the first train the next morning. The passenger told authorities that she woke up at around 4 a.m. and then waited until around 4:40 a.m. for the morning driver to arrive.
Osaka transport authorities have issued a public apology to the passenger for any distress caused by the ordeal and have pledged to perform more thorough checks in the future.© Compiled from news reports