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July 29, 2005

A Vietnamese train driver has been fired after falling asleep on the job and leaving his cargo train to barrel unmanned down the tracks last week, according to the Reuters news agency.

The driver, Vu Kim Tien, 45, had gotten drunk before falling asleep, a railroad official told Reuters. No one else was aboard the train, so when officials realized something was wrong with the driver, they weren't sure what to do. First, they tried shouting at Tien as he passed through a station. That didn't work. At the next station, they made a lot of noise as he passed. That did work; he finally woke up and stopped the train.

The railroad official said Tien's firing ended a 20-year career that otherwise had no blemishes.

Source: Associated Press, via Yahoo!

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