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Democrats' bill requires sleep apnea testing for engineers

Democrats' bill requires sleep apnea testing for engineers

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Associated Press
Published: September 28, 2017 7:19 AM CDT
Updated: September 28, 2017 7:20 AM CDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from New York and New Jersey are introducing legislation Thursday to force federal transportation officials to implement a rule to test train engineers for sleep apnea.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced the legislation a week after the National Transportation Safety Board said that the engineers involved in crashes in Hoboken and Brooklyn were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.

It also comes ahead of Friday's anniversary of a crash in Hoboken when a New Jersey Transit train slammed into Hoboken Terminal, killing a woman standing on a platform and injuring about 110 passengers and crew.

The legislation would force the Department of Transportation to implement a proposed rule to require the test, overturning President Donald Trump's decision last month to allow individual railroads to decide whether to conduct the test... FULL ARTICLE

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