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Green Line T Driver Suspended After Caught Allegedly Asleep At The Wheel

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(Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON (CBS) — An MBTA Green Line train driver has been suspended after a passenger captured video of the driver, allegedly asleep at the wheel.

In the video, the driver can be seen with his head down before the D Line train enters a tunnel.

An MBTA spokesperson said the driver was in the second car and not driving the trolley at the time of his nap, but, there is “absolutely no excuse for this type of egregious behavior.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

“The MBTA has a very aggressive fatigue awareness program that is required for all safety-sensitive employees,” the MBTA said in a statement to WBZ-TV.  “Our customers’ safety is and always is our top priority and they can be assured that this situation will be handled swiftly and with the most serious of care. We continuously examine and improve upon our safety and training programs to provide our customers with the best possible service.”

The employee may face termination pending the results of an investigation, the MBTA said.

In October, three people were injured when two Green Line trolleys collided on Huntington Ave.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said that accident involved human error.

In 2009, a crash at the Government Center subway stop, left 60 people with injuries. The driver later pleaded guilty to gross negligence by a person in control of a common carrier. He admitted he was texting his girlfriend at the time of the crash.

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