And if he had worked past regulation time and wrecked the train, guess who would be held responsible. I would have done the same.
Company: he should have made a request in advance
Union: he did
This has happened to me MANY times as an airline pilot. When you time out, you're done. Doesn't matter where you are.
I would have been impressed if he drove the train to his house.
>“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.
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.
They all settled there and started new families. Today those 109 passengers have over 1,000 descendants.
There are regulation(at least in the states) regarding how many hours a truck driver, conductor etc. can work.
Good! He did the right thing. Much better than the the headline "Horrific Train Accident in Spain, 109 Dead"
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.