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Sleep apnoea blamed for two train crashes in New York City area

The drivers of two New York City-area commuter trains that crashed into stations were both suffering from severe sleep apnoea, US investigators have found.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday the similar circumstances of the crashes warranted combining findings and recommendations into a single special report.

A woman standing on a platform was killed and about 110 passengers and crew were injured when a New Jersey Transit train going more than double the 10mph speed limit slammed into Hoboken Terminal in September 2016.

More than 100 people were hurt when a Long Island Rail Road train crashed into a bumping post at the end of the tracks at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn in January 2017.

The NTSB has scheduled a hearing on the crashes for February 6.

Sleep apnoea is a condition where normal sleep patterns are disrupted by interruptions to breathing, causing many sufferers to feel tired during the day.

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