Train Engineer Was Dazed Before Crash, Lawyer Says
The engineer who operated the Metro-North Railroad train that derailed over the weekend, killing four people and injuring more than 70, told the authorities on Tuesday that he had become dazed before the accident, suffering what his lawyer referred to as “highway hypnosis.”
The account was delivered as federal investigators said they had found no apparent problems with the train’s brakes or other equipment.
The engineer, William Rockefeller, met with investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and detectives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City police for more than three hours on Tuesday — at one point tearing up, according to his lawyer, Jeffrey P. Chartier.
Mr. Chartier said Mr. Rockefeller was cooperating fully and was “extremely remorseful.”