Lawyers Say Train Engineer Was Dazed Before Crash

Engineer of the Metro-North train that derailed early Sunday morning, William Rockefeller, told authorities on Tuesday that he had become dazed before the accident, suffering from “highway hypnosis”, as his lawyer called it.

Mr. Rockefeller’s lawyer, Jeffrey P. Chartier said Rockefeller was cooperative and was “extremely remorseful.” Mr. Rockefeller told the National Transportation Safety Board “that when he regained full awareness, he shut down the throttle, tried an emergency braking maneuver and braced for impact.” After the crash, Mr. Rockefeller opened the bulkhead door and helped passengers.

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