Judge dismisses charges against engineer of Amtrak train involved in deadly 2015 crash
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A judge has dismissed the charges against the engineer of the Amtrak 188 train involved in a deadly crash in Philadelphia in May 2015.
Brandon Bostian, of New York, faced eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe and numerous counts of reckless endangerment.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued this statement after the announcement was made:
“The Amtrak crash was a tragedy and this case has a unique procedural history. We are carefully reviewing the judge’s decision, notes of testimony and our prosecutorial responsibilities in this case going forward.”
On May 12, 2015, the train derailed on a curve which resulted in the death of eight passengers — more than 200 others were injured.
A data recorder on board revealed that the train, engineered by 34-year-old Bostian, drove 106 mph on a curve with a 50 mph speed limit.
Attorney General Shapiro filed charges exactly two years after the incident. Bostian surrendered to the Office of Attorney General and the Philadelphia police department six days later.