No charges against engineer who caused deadly NYC derailment

15 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CBS2: No Criminal Charges For Engineer In Deadly 2013 Metro-North Derailment.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 1: The wreckage of a Metro-North commuter train lies on its side after it derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station December 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The office of Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson has completed its investigation of the deadly 2013 Metro-North crash and decided not to file charges. The National Transportation Safety Board says engineer William Rockefeller fell asleep at the controls because of undiagnosed sleep apnea combined with a drastic shift in his work schedule.

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine why an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, killing eight people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails. The derailment drew a searing critique from senators and federal safety officials, who later cited lapses in maintenance and oversight by Metro-North that they said set the stage for several accidents during that period.

In a statement, Rockefeller’s attorney, Jeffery Chartier, said, “I want to commend the DA’s office for their thorough investigation and coming to the same conclusion as the NTSB that this is a tragic accident with no criminality on the part of Mr. An analysis of data recorders that tracked train speed showed that Rockefeller sped past the limit on four out of six runs during the week before the derailment, the NTSB reported. Eight people were killed this past Tuesday night when the train, which had been headed for Penn Station from Washington, D.C., skipped the tracks in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section. Rockefeller and the others affected by this tragedy.” The safety agency also said a high-tech system that would have automatically triggered the brakes of the speeding train would have prevented the accident had it been installed. Like in the Metro-North derailment, the doomed Amtrak train was traveling well beyond the speed limit through a curve – 106 mph, double the posted limit of 50 mph, the NTSB said.

Chartier said New York allows for charging someone who knowingly or recklessly disregards a risk or fails to perceive one when a reasonable person would.

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