Reg­u­la­tors, rail­roads tar­get sleep ap­nea in wake of crash

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

NEW YORK — Engi­neers suf­fer­ing from sleep ap­nea must have the fa­tigue-in­duc­ing dis­or­der un­der con­trol be­fore they will be al­lowed to op­er­ate trains for the New Jer­sey com­muter rail­road whose train slammed into a sta­tion in Septem­ber, killing a wo­man and in­jur­ing more than 100 peo­ple.

New Jer­sey Tran­sit dis­closed the pol­icy change Mon­day as fed­eral reg­u­la­tors pre­pare a safety bul- letin that will urge all rail­roads to screen for sleep ap­nea. The engi­neer in the Sept. 29 crash in Hobo­ken was later found to have the con­di­tion.

New Jer­sey Tran­sit said it pre­vi­ously al­lowed engi­neers with sleep ap­nea to keep work­ing as long as they were be­ing treated be­fore chang­ing the pol­icy in early Oc­to­ber.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials first rec­om­mended sleep ap­nea test­ing in 2004.

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