No Charges Against Engineer Who Caused Deadly NYC Derailment

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trcProsecutors say the engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a commuter train that derailed in New York City in 2013, killing four people, will not face criminal charges.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson made the decision several months ago. She said he found no criminality.

The National Transportation Safety Board says engineer William Rockefeller fell asleep due to the combination of a sleep disorder and a drastic shift in his work schedule. It says it caused him to miss a 30 mph speed limit and hit a curve at 82 mph.

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine why an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia Tuesday, killing seven people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails.

(AP)


4 COMMENTS

  1. WHY DID THEY NOT LEARN FROM THE 2013 BRONX TRAGEDY (WHERE ENGINEER FELL ASLEEP) THAT THERE SHOULD BE TWO ENGINEERS AT CONTROLS AT ALL TIMES.. IF THIS LAW WERE IMPLEMENTED , IT MAY HAVE PREVENTED THE CURRENT TRAGEDY OF SEVERE EXCESSIVE SPEED!!!!!!

  2. The mistake is the train line not having an external protective system in place where the speed can be regulated electronically.
    Everyone is throwing his hands up saying “NIMBY”.
    Well, the buck stops somewhere.
    The question is simply where.
    People are dead. Someone must be held responsible.

  3. Gps linked speed control along with long range radar. We have them in cars already. Google should be working on autonomous trains , they would be safer without human error.