NJ Transit Engineer Who Caused 2016 Hoboken Crash That Killed 1, Hurt 108 Gets His Job Back - NBC New York
Deadly Hoboken Train Crash

Deadly Hoboken Train Crash

Crash into station platform leaves 1 dead, more than 100 injured

NJ Transit Engineer Who Caused 2016 Hoboken Crash That Killed 1, Hurt 108 Gets His Job Back

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says the agency opposed his reinstatement and "can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains"

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    NEWSLETTERS

    NJ Transit Rail Crash Blamed on Sleep Apnea

    The NTSB blamed New Jersey Transit for not following its sleep apnea guidelines and blamed the Long Island Rail Road for not having testing in place before the accidents. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The NJ Transit engineer who caused the 2016 Hoboken train crash that killed a woman and hurt 108 other people is getting his job back

    • Thomas Gallagher, who officials say blacked out due to an undiagnosed sleep disorder, had been fired -- but he won his arbitration case

    • NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says the agency opposed his reinstatement and "can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains"

    The New Jersey Transit engineer who caused the 2016 Hoboken train crash that killed a woman and hurt more than 100 other people is getting his job back. 

    Thomas Gallagher won his arbitration case after he was fired following the crash that killed the woman, who was walking through the station, and injured 108 others. Authorities say he blacked out due to an undiagnosed sleep disorder. 

    A copy of the Aug. 28 ruling obtained by NJ Advance Media found the arbitration board ruled Gallagher's return to work "is on a one-time, last chance basis." He must continue sleep apnea treatment and will operate trains in rail yards. It is up to NJ Transit whether he'll control passenger trains. 

    NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says the agency opposed his reinstatement and "can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains."

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