In the New York City metropolitan area accident and legal news report for February 7th, we look into questions over a lack of testing for a dangerous sleep disorder among train employees, two auto accidents involving pedestrians being injured by vehicles, and a horse carriage accident on the East Side of Manhattan.
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Sleep Apnea To Blame For Two Recent NYC Metropolitan Area Train Accidents
Federal investigators found that engineers in two recent NYC metro area train accidents suffered from sleep apnea, which played a major role in causing the accidents. This has led to questions about a Trump administration reversal of a proposed law which would have required testing train crews for this disorder.
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that engineer fatigue and a failure by their employers to screen for sleep apnea resulted in two train crashes – one in Hoboken in late 2016, and another in Brooklyn three months afterward.
Sleep apnea is a disorder which impairs breathing during sleep and leads to drowsiness while awake. The Federal Railroad Administration had proposed mandatory screenings for the disorder, but this proposal was scrapped by the Trump administration in August 2017 in a widespread effort to reduce government regulations.
In the Hoboken accident, one bystander was killed and there was over $6 million in property damage. In the Brooklyn accident, over 100 people were injured and there was
Several Injured When Horse Carriage Crashes Near Central Park
At least three people were injured after a horse carriage crashed near Central Park in Manhattan on Sunday, February 4th. This was the second horse carriage accident in the past several weeks.
According to witnesses, the horse threw the driver out of the carriage before running down Central Park South with passengers still on board. The carriage then crashed into three vehicles before stopping. The injured passengers were brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Historic Horse-Drawn Carriages of Central Park is asking the city to better enforce horse carriage rules, and claims that the current rules are hazardous to anyone visiting, living, or working in New York City.
3 People Injured After USPS Truck Backs Into Them In Manhattan’s East Side
Three pedestrians were seriously injured when a United States Postal Service truck backed up over them on the East Side ofManhattan on the morning of Tuesday, January 23. The accident occurred around 10 a.m. on First Avenue near East 37th Street.
According to authorities, the 49-year-old driver reversed in the northbound lanes and collided with three pedestrians who were waiting to cross at First Avenue. The entire incident was captured on video.
Among the injured: a 48-year-old woman with a right leg injury, a 68-year-old woman with leg, arm, ribs, and neck injuries, and a 66-year-old man with injuries to both of his legs.
The driver has been charged with failure to yield.
1 Person Injured After SUV Backs Into Restaurant In Chinatown
One person was injured when a Jeep backed into a Chinatown restaurant in Chatham Square on Sunday, February 4. The accident also caused property damage to the basement door of the restaurant, an outside wall, and a street sign. The car accident injury victim was brought to New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital for treatment.