NJ Train Engineer in Crash Had Undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea
The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed in September may have suffered from sleep apnoea. The accident occurred at the Hoboken terminal, killing one person and injuring more than 100 people.
· Tests were carried out a week after the accident and Thomas Gallagher, the engineer, was diagnosed with sleep apnoea.
· According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the diagnosis doesn’t imply that the engineer fell asleep while at the train’s controls.
· The cause of the train crash has not been identified and the NTSB is still looking at everything.
The NTSB recommended that the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a separate, popular tri-state rail line, institute sleep apnoea testing after one of its engineers fell asleep while controlling a train in 2013, killing four.
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