Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Most Dangerous Job in the World How did 900 bus drivers end up dead in Guatemala City?


Carlos Miguel Palo had barely been back on the job for a week when the first terrifying call came in. It was August 2007 and Palo, a short, gregarious man in his early thirties (whose name has been changed to protect his identity), was driving his bus through the humid streets of Guatemala City. It had been a long time since he had been behind the wheel and he was happy to be there. Dressed in his usual wardrobe of brightly colored polo shirts, he joked with the other drivers and passengers as he went along his route.

Palo’s bus was part of the fleet of almost 10,000 privately owned urbano passenger buses that provides Guatemala City’s working class with cheap transportation. Every day, more than a million people—or a third of the city—use the buses, which are heavily subsidized by the government to keep them affordable. On a good day, Palo’s bus was packed throughout his entire 14-hour shift: students, housewives, day laborers, street vendors with woven shawls or baskets of cheap sunglasses.

the rest of the story: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113293/900-bus-drivers-dead-guatemala-city-worlds-most-dangerous-job

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