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Amtrak engineer in deadly 2015 crash charged with involuntary manslaughter

13 May 2017

The train derailed and crashed at about 9:20 p.m., killing eight passengers and injuring over 200.

Pennsylvania's attorney general has chose to bring charges against an Amtrak engineer in connection with a 2015 crash that left eight people dead and hundreds hurt in Philadelphia.

However, the Philadelphia's district attorney's office determined that the evidence did not rise to the necessary level needed to charge the engineer or anyone else with a crime.

Bostian faces eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, 'and numerous counts of reckless endangerment, ' Shapiro said in a brief statement.

The unusual judge's order came after the family of a woman killed in the crash sought a private criminal complaint after city prosecutors declined to press charges as Friday's two-year deadline approached.

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Prosecutors said they were in talks with Bostian's attorney to have him surrender on the charges. "That was clearly wrong, as evidenced by the attorney general not only reversing course but adding charges".

"Yet prosecutors say they have 'no evidence that the engineer acted with criminal "intent" or criminal "knowledge", ' and they do not believe there's enough evidence to prove that Bostian acted with 'criminal recklessness'". Bostian's lawyer has rarely commented and did not return messages seeking comment this week. Jacobs, a technology executive, was a wife and mother.

"One thing he has never recollected is how or why he accelerated before the curve", said lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi, who with Kline represents about three dozen victims. He had become aware, through radio traffic, that a nearby commuter train had been struck by a rock.

The Amtrak engineer behind the Philadelphia train derailment in 2015 that killed eight people was charged with multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors announced Friday.

Emergency personnel work near the wreckage of the New York City-bound Amtrak passenger train following the May 13, 2015, derailment in Philadelphia.

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A federal judge in October approved a record $265 million settlement for the accident victims.

In its report, the NTSB said that a safety system called positive train control - which it first recommended implementation of in 1970 - would have prevented the crash.

Amtrak assistant conductor Brandon Bostian is seen outside a train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis in 2007.

Local prosecutors had cleared Bostian of criminal wrongdoing earlier in the week.

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