Commuters Stunned Over Distracted Train Engineer Video
The MTA says it has suspended the Metro-North engineer caught on video reading a newspaper while operating a rush-hour train Wednesday. Commuters at Grand Central were stunned as they watched the video, saying he was risking the lives of the train riders. Tracie Strahan reports.
A viewer had contacted the station expressing concerns about the train engineer.
"He only looked up when the bells went off," John Bingham told NBC 4 New York, referring to the sounds that signal when the train was approaching a station. "That made me nervous. What if one of the bells didn't go off and something happened with the train?"
Bingham said he boarded the 8:34 a.m. Grand Central-bound train at Wakefield earlier this month when he noticed the engineer reading a newspaper "cover to cover."
The MTA said in a statement at the time that "reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is obviously not acceptable. Metro-North will take action to ensure this does not happen again."
After NBC 4 New York reported the story, Metro-North said it planned to reinstruct its train crews that the behavior would not be tolerated.
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