TIL in 2016, a Spanish train conductor requested the company he worked for to send someone to relieve him at the end of his shift. When the company failed to do so, the conductor had the train stop in a village and simply went home, leaving 109 passengers stranded.



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15 Feb 2018 00:05 - +16463
>“This kind of incident is unusual in our network,” the company said, adding that it was “the driver’s responsibility to inform in advance about a substitute requests”. >A spokesman for the Semaf rail workers’ union said the driver had put in a request to be relieved. >“They should have had a substitute driver lined up but it didn’t happen. We’ve seen similar things in the past.” I love that the company tried to subtly* throw him under the bus and it was refuted.
14 Feb 2018 22:16 - +12368
They all settled there and started new families. Today those 109 passengers have over 1,000 descendants.
14 Feb 2018 23:42 - +6930
Good! He did the right thing. Much better than the the headline "Horrific Train Accident in Spain, 109 Dead"
14 Feb 2018 23:41 - +6134
And if he had worked past regulation time and wrecked the train, guess who would be held responsible. I would have done the same.
15 Feb 2018 01:10 - +5901
This has happened to me MANY times as an airline pilot. When you time out, you're done. Doesn't matter where you are.
14 Feb 2018 22:37 - +4163
There are regulation(at least in the states) regarding how many hours a truck driver, conductor etc. can work.
14 Feb 2018 21:51 - +3760
I would have been impressed if he drove the train to his house.
15 Feb 2018 01:01 - +2652
Company: he should have made a request in advance Union: he did
14 Feb 2018 22:26 - +2011
I wouldn't even be mad if they told me this reason for being stuck. Of course, I would complain to the rail company, but praise the driver for his adherence to safety regulations and demand that no action be taken against the driver for the company's negligence.
14 Feb 2018 22:57 - +796
"Sorry, I just work here." - Train conductor.
15 Feb 2018 01:11 - +486
If it's anything like truck drivers and pilots there's nothing the conductor could have done. Continuing to work would be a fire-able offense because of the law, contracts, or both.
14 Feb 2018 23:40 - +479
That's the definition of not my fucking problem. Lol
15 Feb 2018 01:00 - +281
"This kind of incident is unusual in our network,” the company said, adding that it was “the driver’s responsibility to inform in advance about a substitute requests”. ah yes, let the driver work as a slave hours on end unless *he* asks for a substitute. edit: >A spokesman for the Semaf rail workers’ union said the driver had put in a request to be relieved. >“They should have had a substitute driver lined up but it didn’t happen. We’ve seen similar things in the past.” so it's not the driver's fault but the company's. Hope the union protected the worker from being fired.
15 Feb 2018 00:37 - +274
The passengers sued and got him put on death row. They hooked him up to the electric chair and flipped it on. He tingled a bit but was just fine. As they were letting him go, he said, "I guess I'm just a bad conductor."
14 Feb 2018 23:11 - +166
“Screw you guys, I’m going home”
14 Feb 2018 22:50 - +145
And ofc company claims that its drivers foult for no substitution. F*ck off maggots.
15 Feb 2018 00:40 - +131
Something similar happens among truck drivers all the time. If a driver feels like they are being underpaid or if they just find another job then many of them will just pull over and hop out and notify the company where the rig is so they can send another driver out to pick it up. I didn't know about this until we had a truck full of parts come in like 6 hours late and the driver told us the guy who was driving it abandoned the vehicle and took a job somewhere else and he had to drive 3 hours to pick it up.
14 Feb 2018 22:37 - +88
Now for the rest of the story, he is now the president of the railroad.
15 Feb 2018 01:06 - +74
As it should be. The more we allow companies to take advantage, the more they will.
15 Feb 2018 00:52 - +60
"My watch has ended."
15 Feb 2018 02:14 - +57
Funny thing, if he kept working he would break the law, the driver said it himself. It wasn't a protest, it was just following the procedures.
15 Feb 2018 02:10 - +46
UP train conductor on the West Coast here. If our hours of service are up we literally have to stop where we are, secure the train and wait for relief. Half the time it's planned for and there's a siding that can hold us with a relief crew an hour or so away... and sometimes you sit for 3 or 4 hours, just 2 miles away from your home terminal where your car is parked. It's quite often that the thought of saying 'fuck all' to the company, leaving the train and walking to your car comes up. But thinking it and doing it are two different things. Someone get this man a cape.
15 Feb 2018 01:06 - +43
This man is a hero
15 Feb 2018 01:47 - +39
The article makes him seen like the bad guy, but he could of been in a lot of trouble for going over his hours, if he is at his maxed allowed hours he is breaking the law going any further , its not his fault. He did exactly what he was supposed to do.
15 Feb 2018 01:08 - +35
Good. He has a union to kick ass on his behalf, should he be penalized in any way by the company.
15 Feb 2018 01:26 - +28
Something similar happened in 2017 in Poland. Train conductor refused to work overtime. Train with passengers had to wait for another train conductor in some small village. He was presented by Polish mass-media as some kind of man that do not respect their passengers, but public opinion was on his side as somebody, who puts security on the first place. I think, that he might be inspired by that Spanish guy.
15 Feb 2018 02:07 - +27
More than 100 train passengers were left stranded in Spain after the ~~driver~~ **train company** ~~decided to down tools and disappear when his shift ended~~ **failed to schedule enough train conductors.**
15 Feb 2018 01:50 - +20
And if he fell asleep behind the controls and crashed they would have blamed and fired him for working tired.
15 Feb 2018 01:26 - +14
i don't see he did anything wrong. if he requested a sub and rail didn't provide one then it is his duty to stop. what if he fell asleep or accidentally went faster than he should've because of tiredness. even if i was on the train i would've probably just been like well that sucks but understandable (once i knew he requested a sub).
15 Feb 2018 01:09 - +12
Good call.
15 Feb 2018 01:07 - +10
Should’ve just driven the train home, that would’ve showed them

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