Sleep apnea testing ordered for Metro-North, LIRR workers

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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North employees will need to undergo testing for sleep apnea after a deadly 2013 derailment caused by a sleeping engineer.

Cuomo said Tuesday the testing would be required of conductors and engineers at both commuter railroads.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began testing some Metro-North engineers in 2015. Cuomo says that, as a result, some participants were required to undergo treatment for sleep apnea.

The pilot program did not require LIRR engineers to be tested.

In December 2013, a Metro-North engineer with undiagnosed sleep apnea fell asleep at the controls. Four people were killed and dozens injured when the train derailed in the Bronx.