Commuter rail eyes seep apnea screening for engineers

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NEW YORK – A new directive would require Metro-North’s 350 engineers to be tested for sleep apnea, according to news reports. The engineer involved in a 2013 derailment that killed four and injured dozens was found to suffer from severe sleep apnea. “Recognizing that an undiagnosed sleep disorder likely was a major contributing factor to the tragic accident, our organization is working with Metro-North to establish a program to help identify engineers who may suffer from the same medical condition,” said Mike Doyle, general chairman of the Officials with the Association of Commuter Rail Employees Union.