Engineer in Metro-North crash that killed 4 to get lifetime pension

Posted at 9:14 PM, Dec 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-24 21:24:18-05

NEW YORK — The engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a speeding Metro-North train that derailed killing four people will receive a lifetime disability pension.

The Journal News reports that William Rockefeller will receive $3,200 a month from Metro-North Railroad.

Rockefeller was at the controls of a Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx in December 2013. Four passengers were killed and dozens were injured.

Prosecutors said Rockefeller fell asleep at the controls. They declined to prosecute him.

The Metro-North pension is in addition to Rockefeller's federal railroad retirement pension. The amount of that pension has not been disclosed.

Rockefeller has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against Metro-North. He claims the commuter railroad was to blame for the accident.