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A Metro-North Railroad train engineer has been suspended pending an investigation after he was filmed apparently reading a newspaper while operating a rush hour train, according to a report by NBC 4 New York.
MTA officials declined to name the engineer Thursday but said he has been an employee since 1988 and an engineer since 2001.
The video was given to NBC 4 New York by a viewer and the news station brought it to Metro-North.
“He only looked up when the bells went off,” John Bingham told NBC 4 New York, referring to the sounds that signal when the train was approaching a station. “That made me nervous. What if one of the bells didn’t go off and something happened with the train?”
Bingham told the station he was on the 8:34 Grand Central-bound train on the Harlem line. He boarded the train Wednesday morning in Wakefield, N.Y.
An MTA statement to NBC 4 New York said “reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is obviously not acceptable.”
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