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Judge orders prosecutors to charge Amtrak engineer

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2017 5:15 PM
Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

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(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia judge has ordered prosecutors to criminally charge a speeding Amtrak engineer involved in a derailment that killed eight people and injured about 200.

Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield on Thursday ordered charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment to be filed against engineer Brandon Bostian.

Her ruling comes two days after the district attorney's office said it couldn't prove Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.

The city has referred the prosecution to the state attorney general to avoid any apparent conflict of interest.
The attorney general's office says it's reviewing the judge's order. It could appeal.

Federal investigators concluded Bostian lost track of his location before the 2015 crash after learning a nearby commuter train had been struck with a rock.

Bostian's attorney hasn't returned a call seeking comment.
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This story has been corrected to show the attorney general's office, not the district attorney's office, is reviewing the judge's order.

An earlier story appears below.

(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia judge has ordered prosecutors to criminally charge the speeding Amtrak engineer involved in a 2015 derailment that killed eight people and injured about 200.

Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield Thursday ordered charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment to be filed against engineer Brandon Bostian.

Her ruling comes two days after the city district attorney's office said it couldn't prove Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.

The city has referred the prosecution to the state attorney general to avoid any apparent conflict of interest.
The district attorney's office says it's reviewing the judge's order. It could appeal.

Federal investigators concluded that Bostian lost track of his location before the May 12, 2015, crash after learning a nearby commuter train had been struck with a rock.

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