Report: Engineer in fatal Metro-North derailment has sleep disorder

Four passengers were killed and 59 injured in

Four passengers were killed and 59 injured in the crash last year.

THE BRONX - Federal investigators say that the man at the controls during last year's fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx had a number of health issues, including an undiagnosed sleep condition. 

According to a medical document made available by the National Transportation Safety Board, engineer William Rockefeller has severe obstructive sleep apnea. 

Additionally, Rockefeller was not found to have any illegal substances in his bloodstream after the crash, but he did test positive for allergy medications that carry a warning against driving and operating heavy machinery. 

Four passengers were killed and 59 injured when the train jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station while speeding at more than 80 mph.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Neighborhood Brief for April 23
Police say they're investigating after a body was 2 Police: Man found dead inside vehicle
Police are searching for the suspect who they 3 Police search for suspect in string of burglaries
One person was injured and traffic was backed 4 1 injured in fiery crash along BQE near Union Street and Hamilton Ave.
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered Saturday for the 5 New Yorkers get spicy at 5th annual Hot Sauce Expo

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The move is in response to recommendations from Video cameras coming to Metro-North, LIRR

The MTA is planning to install video cameras and audio recorders on the nation's two

Metro-North confirms 36 claims against the railroad have NY Post: More than 30 to sue Metro-North

The New York Post is reporting that more than 30 people are planning to sue

The Associated Press says equipment wasn’t configured to Metro-North not using available auto brakes

New reports show that a Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx had an automatic

The FRA will look at practices such as Feds to assess safety at Metro-North

Federal experts will spend the next two months examining safety of the Metro-North Railroad following

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE