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Amtrak Engineer Charged With Manslaughter for 2015 Crash

Judge finds probable cause to charge Amtrak engineer in derailment LinkedIn via CNN Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian
Manuel Armenta | 17 May, 2017, 02:50

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said charges were filed against Brandon Bostian, the engineer, or driver, of the Amtrak 188 train involved in the deadly May 12, 2015 incident.

"I commend our outstanding team in the Office of the Attorney General who worked diligently and thoughtfully around the clock to enable us to be in this position to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this deadly crash", Mr. Shapiro said in a statement.

In a hearing with families of those involved in that crash, Judge Marsha Neifield ordered that Brandon Bostian, who drove the train at speeds of up to 106 miles per hour - almost twice the posted limit - in the lead up to the fatal crash on May 12, 2015, be charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Pennsylvania's attorney general appeared to disagree with the previous conclusion, and filed eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment Friday. "It's a moment of bringing a man to task for what he did to all these families and how he did this so wrong", said Thomas R. Kline, the attorney for the victims' families.

WASHINGTON, May 13 ― Criminal charges were filed yesterday against a U.S. passenger train driver for the 2015 derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

The district attorney's office had said evidence indicated the derailment was caused by the engineer operating the train far in excess of the speed limit, but it found no evidence that he acted with criminal intent. So the DA referred the case to the state attorney general who filed charges.

But Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield ordered the district attorney to charge Bostian at the urging of attorneys representing dozens of the victims.

In May 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report that Bostian was probably distracted by radio traffic when the crash occurred.

Victims' lawyers have questioned why Bostian would have sped up, rather than slow down, if he had been startled by something striking the train. But Mongeluzzi said that should be an issue for a jury. Bostian's lawyer has rarely commented and did not return messages seeking comment this week. Bostian lives near Boston, according to the judge's order. The other people killed included Justin Zemser, a Naval Academy midshipman; Jim Gaines, an Associated Press software architect; and Derrick Griffith, a college dean.