September 12, 2019 | 12:05am
The NJ Transit engineer who prompted the lethal Hoboken practice crash of 2016 will quickly be again on the helm — on a “one-time, last chance basis” — after profitable an attraction in court docket, a report says.
Thomas Gallagher, who had been suspended and fired in 2018 following a federal investigation, will likely be allowed to return to work within the practice yards, however not passenger service, in keeping with NJ.com.
He was steering a Pascack Valley Line practice into the Hoboken Terminal — at twice the posted velocity restrict — when it slammed right into a bumper wall and killed one girl ready on the platform, whereas injuring 108 others.
The September 2016 crash was investigated by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, which decided that Gallagher was affected by obstructive sleep apnea and had handed out. An analogous incident in January 2017 — involving a Lengthy Island Rail Highway practice that crashed into the bumper at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn — left 108 folks injured.
Gallagher wound up interesting his suspension and termination, with court docket data displaying that he received in nationwide railroad arbitration court docket. The choice was confirmed Wednesday by NJ Transit.
“To be clear, the claimant’s return to work is on a one-time, last chance basis, contingent upon his compliance with the terms and conditions of this award,” the court docket dominated.
A NJ Transit rep mentioned, “While NJ Transit opposed the reinstatement of Mr. Gallagher, we are required to comply with the legal decision made by the arbitrator. Under provisions clearly defined in that decision, NJ TRANSIT can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains. The decision lays out rigorous testing and compliance that Mr. Gallagher must adhere to including training and re-certification for operating a locomotive as well as strict medical oversight.”
Gallagher reportedly accepted “full responsibility for his part in the accident” in court docket and apologized. It’s unclear when he’ll return to work precisely.