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Metro-North Engineer In Bronx Crash Awarded Federal Pension

The Metro-North train engineer who fell asleep at the wheel, causing a derailment that killed four and injured 60 in the Bronx two years ago, was awarded a federal pension on Thursday.
The Metro-North train engineer who fell asleep at the wheel, causing a derailment that killed four and injured 60 in the Bronx two years ago, was awarded a federal pension on Thursday. Photo Credit: National Transportation Safety Board

The Metro-North engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a train, leading to its derailment and the death of four people in December 2013, has been awarded a federal railroad retirement pension, according to The Journal News.

William Rockefeller, 48, will get regular payments through the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board due to an unspecified disability that has made it impossible for him to return to work, the Journal News reported.

Rockefeller was behind the wheel of a commuter train that derailed in the Bronx, killing four and injuring 60 .

He was cleared of any criminal charges, and it was determined by federal authorities that an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea caused him to nod off while behind the wheel.

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