Hoboken Crash points to Sleep Apnea as Cause for Concern

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Sleep Apnea

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com


Sleep Apnea is front and center after the New Jersey Transit Commuter train crash in September that killed.  The disorder often associated with fatigue is under investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration as a safety issue and is planning to issue an advisory this week stressing the importance of screening for the disease and treatment solutions. 

Sufferers of the condition are repeatedly awakened during the night as their breathing stops due to airway congestion, leading to daytime drowsiness. 

Connecticut bound Metro-North already tests it engineers for Sleep apnea and found that 1 in 9 suffers from the rest robbing disease. 

Thomas Gallagher,48, was the engineer who crashed after his Pascack Valley Line Train slammed in the Hoboken Terminal at 20 mpg killing one woman and injuring more than 100 others.

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