Driver in New York Train Accident Suspended Without Pay

The engineer who drove the New York commuter train that took a curve at 82 mph and flew off the tracks, killing four people, has been suspended without pay since the crash, reports NBC News.

The engineer, William Rockefeller, has told federal investigators that he was “in a daze situation” before the crash and hit the brakes too late, his lawyer told NBC News earlier this week.

The transit spokeswoman told NBC New York that Rockefeller was suspended immediately after the derailment, as soon as drug test was ordered, according to the policy of the railroad, Metro-North.

Rockefeller, 45, is a 15-year veteran of the railroad.

Besides the four killed, 63 people were injured when the train, making an early-morning run from Poughkeepsie (NY) to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, ran off the rails at a sharp curve and came to rest inches from the Harlem River.

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