Metro-North Train Driver Cleared of Blame Over Fatal Crash in 2013

Prosecutors have said that no criminal charges will be brought against the engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a New York City Metro-North commuter train in 2013, leading to a derailment that killed four people. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded in 2014 that William Rockefeller nodded off because he unknowingly had sleep apnea and there had been a drastic shift in his work schedule. Terry Raskyn spokeswoman for the Bronx district attorney’s office said “there was no criminality in the act, therefore no criminal charges,”. The decision was made public in the midst of an investigation into the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia this week that killed at least eight people.



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