Regulators, railroads target sleep apnea in wake of crash
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.