Engineer in Fatal Derailment to Get Federal Pension


An engineer who was at the controls of a speeding commuter train that killed four passengers when it derailed in New York in 2013 has been awarded a federal railroad retirement pension.

William Rockefeller will receive regular payments through the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board for an unspecified disability that has made it impossible for him to return to work.

Rockefeller was asleep at the controls of a Metro-North Railroad train heading into Manhattan that derailed on Dec. 1, 2013. The National Transportation Safety Board said he had undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Rockefeller was cleared of criminal charges in the derailment. His lawyer says Rockefeller is “haunted every day” by the crash.