By Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - An engineer who was at the controls of a speeding commuter train that killed four passengers when it derailed in New York in 2013 has been awarded a federal railroad retirement pension.

The Journal News reports ( ) that William Rockefeller will receive regular payments through the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board.

Rockefeller’s attorney, Daniel Seymour, tells the newspaper that Rockefeller will receive the payments for an unspecified disability that has made it impossible for him to return to work.

Rockefeller was asleep at the controls of a Metro-North Railroad train heading into Manhattan that derailed on Dec. 1, 2013.

The National Transportation Safety Board said he had undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Rockefeller was cleared of criminal charges in the derailment.

Seymour says Rockefeller is “haunted every day” by the crash.


Information from: The Journal News,

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