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Uber driver falls asleep while driving, passenger drives himself back home

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New Delhi: Ishaan Gill, a resident of Delhi had  booked  an Uber and was hopeful to be driven to his destination safely by the Uber driver.

But unfortunately, the driver falls in deep sleep while driving and Gill drives the car to destination.

The driver, Ajay fell asleep on the wheel because he took ‘pills’ to keep him up longer and was struggling to stay awake.

In a post on Uber’s Facebook page, he narrated the incident:

“The incident began on Sunday at 12:36 AM when I requested my Uber. the driver arrived half an hour late, which is expected and something we are all used to. We began our journey back to Dlf phase 2, Gurgaon, which is where I stay. During our journey to my home I noticed something a little off about my driver Ajay and asked him if all was okay? He continued to drive claiming everything was fine. When we reached Aurobindo Marg, I stopped texting and took a look at the road ahead. To my surprise, we had almost gone over the divider and hit a pole! I turned to my right to notice my Uber driver was asleep on the wheel! I shook him up thoroughly and it was at that point when he applied break in the nick of time. If we were any closer, I would not be typing this today.

Anyhow, I asked him what had happened and he responded saying “sorry saab, jaag rehne ke liye goliyaan li thi, ab chakar aa rahe hain” (I took pills to stay up longer, but I am now dizzy). I gave him the bottle of water lying next to me,  showed him my drivers license and asked if I could drive the car if he was unable to. He happily insisted I do so and we carried on our journey back to Gurgaon. Even once we reached home, I was unable to wake him up to pay him cause he was fast asleep. I left 500 rupees and left him within my compound.

I am now receiving mails/calls from Uber telling me I should never have driven the car and instead requested a new one. My question to them is, what could I possibly do in the middle of nowhere at 1:30 AM with no 3G to request a new ride considering the first one took 30 minutes to arrive?”
– Ishaan Gill

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