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NTSB: Metro-North Crash Engineer Had Sleep Problems

By Ann Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington—The engineer of the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx in December suffered from severe sleep apnea, according to preliminary reports made public today by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Four persons died in the Dec. 1 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

The crash left four dead and dozens injured.

The NTSB’s “Medical Factual Report” said that in a series of physicals that began in 1999, engineer William Rockefeller consistently denied he had sleep problems. The doctors who examined Rockefeller were most concerned about a steady weight gain.

A few weeks after the accident, Rockefeller was evaluated by a board-certified sleep medicine physician and subjected to a sleep study, the NTSB said.

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