How would you like to be on a rush-hour train, knowing someone engrossed in a newspaper was your conductor?
A shocking video was shot by a concerned Metro-North commuter of an incident just like that. He boarded his morning train at the Wakefield station in the Bronx. But once he was on the 8:34a.m. to Grand Central Station, he said he couldn't believe what he saw.
The conductor glanced up now and then to see what was going on, and then returned to the headlines of the day. Occasionally, a bell went off to let everyone know the train's approaching a station, he looked up, and then it's heads down again.
The man who shot the video said the conductor read the paper "cover to cover." The conductor, at one point, even appeared to make the sign of the cross.
Commuters were very upset about the news. Metro-North is going off the rails over the video.
"Reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is obviously not acceptable," officials said. They continued and mention, "Metro-North will take action to ensure this does not happen again."
They say in light of the video they will reinstruct all train crews on issues of safety. Officials are trying to identify the conductor.
The furor comes on the heels of a landmark guilty verdict in Massachusetts involving a distracted car driver. 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was texting when he crashed head-on into another car, killing the driver.