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How Sleep Apnea Affects Drivers, Operators, and Train Conductors

How Sleep Apnea Affects Drivers, Operators, and Train Conductors

On the 29th of September 2016, a transit train bound for New Jersey failed to stop at the station in Hoboken, New Jersey, costing the life of a female bystander and injuring several people. A few months later, the same incident occurred on January 2017 in Brooklyn which injured more than 100 people. Later findings have determined the cause of the accidents – both conductors fell asleep on duty, and sleep apnea is to blame. Unfortunately, cases of accidents due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) aren’t rare. Over the past few years, there have been lots of documented incidents involving trucks, trains, and bus crashes due to operators falling asleep while on duty.