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Bullet Train Driver Falls Asleep at 170 Mph

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / JAPAN

February 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A driver fell asleep at the helm of a bullet train traveling at 170 mph with 800 passengers, West Japan Railway said, but the train apparently was on autopilot and no one was hurt.

Officials discovered the sleeping 33-year-old driver when the train pulled into a station en route from Hiroshima to Tokyo and halted with the last three cars not yet at the platform. He told rail officials that he "has no memory" of what happened.

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