• Kyodo


A shinkansen driver who dozed off at the wheel last week may be suffering from sleep apnea syndrome, officials said Sunday.

The 33-year-old West Japan Railway Co. driver fell asleep for about eight minutes while at the controls of the Hikari No. 126 on Wednesday afternoon. The train’s safety system brought the shinkansen to stop about 90 meters short of its designated spot at Okayama Station. No one was injured in the incident.

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