Charges dis­missed for en­gi­neer in train derail­ment

Houston Chronicle - - NATION -

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.

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