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NY rail crash engineer has 'severe sleep apnea'

Posted Tuesday, April 8th 2014 @ 10am  by Newser Editors and Wire Services

(NEWSER) – An engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash, according to federal documents released today. Asked if he was clearheaded enough to realize he was entering a curve just before the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx, engineer William Rockefeller told investigators "apparently not." The Metro-North Railroad train hit the curve, which has a 30 mph speed limit, at 82 mph. More than 70 people were injured.

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