Charges dismissed for engineer in train derailment
PHILADELPHIA — A judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, citing a lack of evidence in a case that prosecutors initially refused to pursue.
Brandon Bostian, 34, had faced charges that included involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment after his Washington-to-New York train rounded a curve at more than twice the speed limit and flew off the tracks in a violent derailment that crumpled cars and flung passengers into the woods. About 200 people were hurt.
Judge Thomas Gehret ruled that prosecutors hadn’t presented enough evidence to warrant a trial.
“I feel it’s more likely an accident than criminal negligence,” he said.