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FMCSA-Banned Truck Driver Gets 3 Years For Deadly Crash

A Minnesota commercial truck driver with a history of sleep apnea crashes and violations has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in December to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide. John Ray Carpenter, a commercial truck driver and the owner-operator of a Hibbing, Minn.-based septic services company, fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck in Oct. 2015, causing him to cross the center line into the path of an oncoming car. The resulting collision killed 31-year-old Andrew Johnson, who was working for the city of Silver Bay, Minnesota when he was struck by Mr. Carpenter’s ... Read More

NTSB: Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Among Causes of Deadly Casino Bus Crash

A deadly crash between a casino bus and a tractor trailer that killed 13 people near Palm Springs, California last year likely resulted from a driver’s undiagnosed sleep apnea and an inadequate traffic management plan by the state to control traffic in a work zone, federal investigators determined. In its investigation of the Oct. 23, 2016, crash of a 47-passenger 1996 MCI motor coach operated by USA Holiday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the casino bus slammed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer at a high speed. The crash killed the casino bus driver and 12 passengers ... Read More

New Jersey Transit Pulls 44 Train Engineers After Sleep Apnea Diagnoses

New Jersey Transit pulled 44 of its train engineers from service after sleep disorder tests indicated they suffer from sleep apnea. The move followed a determination by federal investigators that a train engineer’s sleep apnea triggered a deadly 2016 New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken. The Associated Press reports that New Jersey Transit screened 373 of its engineers for sleep disorders. Of those, 57 were sidelined pending the results of further studies. Ultimately, 44 of those engineers were diagnosed with sleep apnea and removed from service until they met the treatment requirements for the disorder, which diminishes the quality of ... Read More

News Bills Seek Sleep Apnea Testing For Commercial Drivers, Train Operators

Democratic members of Congress recently introduced bills that, if passed, would require federal transportation officials to mandate tests for obstructive sleep apnea in commercial truck drivers and railroad operators. The bills aim to reverse a decision by Donald Trump’s administration that killed final rulemaking for sleep apnea testing that would require commercial truck drivers and railroad operators to receive treatment if diagnosed with the disorder, which has been linked to daytime drowsiness and fatigue, one of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents. Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-NJ and Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, introduced a bill in the House last week that would “require the ... Read More

N.Y. Home Destroyed by Tractor Trailer After Driver’s Medical Emergency

A family whose New York home was struck by a tractor trailer in May told reporters that the damage was so extensive that their only option was to demolish the house. According to WIVB Channel 4 Buffalo, the May 28 crash occurred when driver David Raney, 57, of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, suffered a medical emergency and lost control of the tractor trailer while driving along Interstate 90 in Hamburg, New York. The tractor trailer struck a utility pole and crashed through a chain-link fence before careening into the home. Hazmat crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash, ... Read More

Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule Withdrawn

A proposed rule addressing the deadly risk of obstructive sleep apnea for commercial drivers and other transportation workers has been struck down by two federal agencies. According to a Federal Register posting, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are abandoning regulatory efforts to reduce the number of drowsy-driver related crashes by requiring testing and treatment of sleep apnea. The proposed rule becomes the latest safety regulation to be thrown on the chopping block by the Trump Administration, alarming safety experts who have demonstrated through years of research how serious safety deficiencies in current ... Read More

Senator Schumer Raises Red Flag Over Sleep Apnea In Commuter Rail Industry

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on regional commuter railroads to do more to improve their safety culture following the Jan. 4 derailment of a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train that injured 103 people. Speaking at a news conference in Penn Station Sunday, Senator Schumer called attention to the problem of sleep apnea in engineers and other railroad workers in safety-sensitive positions. Senator Schumer said sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that disrupts nighttime sleep and causes excessive daytime drowsiness, is a critical safety issue in the commuter rail industry and was “very likely” involved in the Jan. 4 collision. ... Read More

Investigators Look At Mechanical Failures, Engineer Health In Deadly NJ Transit Train Crash

The NJ Transit commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken terminal in September, killing one and injuring more than 100 others, had faulty brakes and multiple other safety defects in the months before the crash, maintenance records show. In January, railroad inspectors found that a “hand brake gear pin” on one of the train cars was “completely out,” New York City’s Pix11 reported. Three months later, inspectors found brake damage and at more than a dozen other safety defects. In April, another hand brake was found to be in disrepair. Federal investigators are still working to determine why the Pascack ... Read More

Greyhound Settles Sleep Apnea Bus Crash Suit For $6 Million

Commercial bus carrier Greyhound has reached a settlement with five passengers, agreeing to pay $6 million to settle claims that the driver of a bus had an undiagnosed sleep condition that caused him to fall asleep at the wheel and crash the bus in an Ohio cornfield in September 2013, injuring at least 35. The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 17 to 64, suffered from various injuries, including serious neck and back injuries. The Greyhound bus was traveling from Cincinnati to Detroit when it veered off of Interstate 70 and rolled several times in a cornfield, tossing passengers around inside ... Read More

Feds Open Debate On Safety Rules Addressing Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers, Railroad Workers

Federal safety regulators said they have taken the first step in developing new rules for the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in commercial drivers and rail workers, following recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The U.S. Department of Transportation said that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have jointly released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to address the problem of obstructive sleep apnea. The call for public comments – a preliminary measure that seeks the public’s input on the issue before new rules are proposed – will ... Read More