Amtrak engineer cleared in deadly 2015 crash Electrifying view
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 in May 2015 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 after a preliminary hearing that prosecutors hadn’t presented enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Lightning illuminates the sky over San Francisco on Monday, when thunderstorms delayed dozens of flights and stalled the start of a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.