The National Transportation Safety Board is currently considering new policy to push for additional testing for sleep apnea, a disorder that afflicts up to 22 million Americans, according to the American Sleep Association. The NTSB found that the engineers operating trains during the Hoboken Terminal and Atlantic Terminal train crashes both suffered from the condition.
On September 29, 2016, the NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line train was traveling double the speed limit for the tracks ending in Hoboken Terminal when it crashed through a concrete bumper and into the station - killing one woman, and injuring over 100 others.
The Atlantic Terminal crash on January 4, 2017 bears a striking resembles to the Hoboken case. The train appeared to overshoot the platform and hit the bumper block, causing a sudden stop and partial derailment - injuring over 100 people in the process.
Both of these tragic incidents highlight to need to address sleep deprivation in those who are tasked with transporting lives.