Highway hypnosis cited as possible cause in Metro-North derailment

Canders says highway hypnosis is difficult to practice

Canders says highway hypnosis is difficult to practice against or prepare for in a simulator. He says all drivers can combat zoning out by getting enough sleep. (December 4, 2013 5:53 PM)

An attorney for William Rockefeller, the engineer at the helm of the Metro-North train that derailed Sunday in the Bronx, said that his client experienced highway hypnosis before the incident. Highway hypnosis is a phenomenon that occurs when a driver loses track of time and begins to zone out while behind the wheel. Rockefeller admitted to his union representation that he was nodding before the...

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