Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Amtrak Engineer Charged With Manslaughter for 2015 Crash

Amtrak Engineer Charged With Manslaughter for 2015 Crash

The man who was driving Amtrak train No. 188 when it flew off the rails in Philadelphia two years ago killing eight people and injuring 200 is now facing criminal charges, the Pennsylvania attorney general announced today.

Just after 5 p.m., the court documents were filed and Bostian has also been charged with one count of causing or risking a catastrophe and eight counts of reckless endangerment.

On May 12, 2015 Amtrak train 188 travelling from Washington, DC to New York City derailed on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

The case was referred to the office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who can either decide to comply with the order and charge Bostian or appeal it to the state Superior Court.

Philadelphia prosecutors announced earlier in the week that they couldn't prove Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 miles per hour on a curved stretch of track where the speed limit was 50 miles per hour.

"All Pennsylvanians should be grateful that there is an Attorney General willing to do what is right and just to hold Engineer Bostian accountable for his reckless conduct", attorney Thomas R. Kline said on behalf of the Jacobs family and the families of the other victims.

Prosecutors said Friday they have been in talks with engineer Brandon Bostian's attorney to have him surrender and be arraigned on the charges.

The Amtrak engineer behind the Philadelphia train derailment in 2015 that killed eight people was charged with multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors announced Friday.

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The unusual judge's order came after the family of a woman killed in the crash sought a private criminal complaint after city prosecutors declined to press charges as Friday's two-year deadline approached.

The National Transportation Board determined that the derailment was caused by human error and that Bostian was distracted and had lost situational awareness.

A federal judge in October approved a record $265 million settlement for the accident victims.

Jacobs, a technology executive, was a 39-year-old wife and mother.

A lawyer for a crash victim's family said he was baffled by the DA's decision to spare Brendan Bostian, 34, who was at the controls when the train derailed.


Bostian has a personal injury lawsuit pending against Amtrak. Philadelphia prosecutors said on Tuesday that Bostian wouldn't be charged in the 2015 derailment. He had become aware, through radio traffic, that a nearby commuter train had been struck by a rock.

Attorneys Thomas Kline, left, Richard Sprague and Robert Mongeluzzi take part in a news conference while standing next to a photo of train engineer Brandon Bostian in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Epstein said private criminal complaints are often used in low-level crimes not witnessed by police or, sometimes, when charges are not filed for political reasons.

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