This is the third time the sleep disorder has been linked to a recent train derailment
More than 100 people were injured after a Long Island Rail Road train crashed in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Now, investigators are considering sleep apnea as the possible cause of the crash since the engineer manning the controls of the train suffered from the sleep disorder, according to a New York Post report. This would make him the third operator responsible for a train derailment who suffered from sleep apnea in the last 3 years.
The engineer “was unable to recall striking the end of the track,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin said at a press conference Thursday. “He does recall entering the station and controlling the speed of the train, but the next thing he recalls was after the collision.”
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing becomes shallow, and can even stop completely, during sleep. As a result, people with sleep apnea snore excessively and wake up frequently throughout the night, which can make them feel super fatigued the next day.
The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal last September—who also couldn’t remember the crash happening—also suffered from sleep apnea, according to The New York Times, further proving that the disorder is one of the most common sleep problems you shouldn’t ignore.