Articles by Michael R. Sisak

Indictment Alleges New York Pharma Ex-CEO Ignored Red Flags as Opioid Crisis Raged

The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn’t have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn’t within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 …

New York Transformer Explosion Lights Sky, Causes Power Outages

A transformer explosion at an electrical plant set the skies above New York City ablaze in an eerie, pulsing blue light Thursday night, causing scattered power outages, delaying flights and sparking a social media storm of jokes about an alien …

Investigators Probe Cause of New Jersey School Bus Crash That Killed Two

First, a scraping sound. Then, chaos and panic as a bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and toppled over on a busy highway, killing a student and a teacher and injuring …

NTSB: Amtrak’s Lax Safety Led to Penn. Crash That Killed Two Workers

Two maintenance workers who were struck and killed by a speeding Amtrak train near Philadelphia last year were the victims of a lax safety culture that had permeated the government-owned railroad, federal investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board …

Test Results Show Pennsylvania Workers Killed by Train Were on Drugs

Both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia, Penn., last year were on drugs when the crash happened, test results show, but that doesn’t appear to have factored into safety lapses and miscommunications being blamed for their deaths. …

Test Results Show Pennsylvania Workers Killed by Train Were on Drugs

Both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train near Philadelphia last year were on drugs when the crash happened, test results show, but that doesn’t appear to have factored into safety lapses and miscommunications being blamed for their deaths. Toxicology …

Top New York City Commuter Rails Slow to Progress on Technology

The nation’s three busiest commuter railroads – which together serve nearly 1 million riders in the New York City area each day – continue to lag behind their smaller West Coast counterparts in installing sophisticated train-control technology that’s seen as …

After New Jersey Train Crash, Transit Regulators Targeting Sleep Apnea

Federal regulators want railroads across the country to test train operators for a sleep disorder. The safety advisory being issued this week by the Federal Railroad Administration comes after the engineer in September’s deadly New Jersey commuter train crash was …

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put 2nd Crew Member in Locomotives

The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The …

NYC Doesn’t Track Sightseeing Bus Accidents

Companies that run New York City’s growing armada of double-decker sightseeing buses, like the ones involved in last week’s Times Square crash, have no legal obligation to report accidents to the city agency that licenses them. The Consumer Affairs Department …