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Engineer Who Dozed Off Causing NYC Train Derailment Killing 4 Sues Railroad

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posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 01:24 AM
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The nerve of this guy. The engineer who dozed off at the controls causing the deaths of 4 people and injuring 70 is suing the railroad saying it's negligence and carelessness led to the crash.

William Rockefeller was not charged with a crime after it was revealed that he had undiagnosed Sleep Apnea. In my opinion this guy is lucky he wasn't charged. Just because it was undiagnosed doesn't mean he didn't know that he had it. He had to know he dozed off on occasion. He is taking no responsibility for this crash and blaming the railroad.

Although i don't see him seeing a dime from bringing this lawsuit(guess it's possible in this crazy world) I think every single passenger on that train should sue him. He should of taken responsibility for this crash and at the least apologized to the passengers. Trying to make money off this tragedy is just so sickening.


William Rockefeller is seeking $10 million in the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, saying he suffers from multiple injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of the Dec. 1, 2013, derailment. Besides the deaths, more than 70 people were injured.




The lawsuit called Metro-North negligent and careless for failing to provide Rockefeller with a safe workplace and it blamed the railroad for increasing hazards by failing to install automatic brakes. It also said Metro-North relied on a deficient safety culture because it "prizes on-time performance at the expense of protecting riders and workers."

apnews.com...




posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 01:32 AM
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He genuinely may not have known. Apnea doesn't make you slip into sleep like narcolepsy. You have more trouble sleeping. Could just be a tragic accident.

He raises a good point about automatic brakes, though. The responsibility shouldn't stop at one Engineer. There should be fail-safe mechanisms IMO.



posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 04:50 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Just because it was undiagnosed doesn't mean he didn't know that he had it.

He might not have known. However, he knew damn well he had issues with restful sleep as that's what sleep apnea is going to cause. Likely, he knew he was going into work very tired that day.
edit on 2-12-2016 by Lucid Lunacy because: (no reason given)



posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 04:56 AM
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a reply to: SlowNail

He raises a good point about automatic brakes, though.

If he wins the lawsuit, will the 10 million settlement be divided among the 70? Everyone injured would have suffered from the lack of that fail-safe.



posted on Dec, 2 2016 @ 08:32 AM
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originally posted by: SlowNail
He genuinely may not have known. Apnea doesn't make you slip into sleep like narcolepsy. You have more trouble sleeping. Could just be a tragic accident.

He raises a good point about automatic brakes, though. The responsibility shouldn't stop at one Engineer. There should be fail-safe mechanisms IMO.

And no engineer who caused an accident should profit off it. Give everyone but him money if there is wrongdoing.




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