Hoboken Crash May Have Been Sleep Apnea

Thomas Gallagher, the engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal in September, killing one and injuring hundreds, has just a received a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea. The results were sent on October 31 to federal officials according to his lawyer, Jack Arseneault. Sleep Apnea is a “common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour.” It disrupts sleep and leaves the suffer tired the next day. It cannot be detected by a regular doctor’s visit or a blood test and many times goes undiagnosed. The National Transportation Safety Board, investigating the accident, has not yet determined the cause.


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