Philadelphia Amtrak crash: Driver faces criminal charges

Pennsylvania has filed criminal charges against the driver of an Amtrak train which derailed in 2015 in Philadelphia.

Eight people died and more than 200 were injured in the crash.

Brandon Bostian has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, causing or risking a catastrophe, and “numerous” counts of reckless endangerment, prosecutors said.

The move comes days after prosecutors in the city of Philadelphia said they would not pursue charges.

The district attorney’s office there said that while the evidence suggested the derailment was caused by excessive speed, it found no evidence of criminal intent.

But at state level, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, said the scope of his charges “go beyond” what was considered in the Philadelphia case.

Mr Shapiro said his team would “pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this deadly crash”.

Amtrak train 188 was on its way from Washington to New York on 12 May 2015 when it came off the track in the city of Philadelphia.

Investigators found that the train was travelling at 106mph (170km/h) along a curve – more than double the speed limit for that section of the line.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, investigators said Mr Bostian was “extremely co-operative” but could not remember details of what had happened.

Amtrak train 188 was on its way from Washington to New York on 12 May 2015 when it came off the track in the city of Philadelphia.

Investigators found that the train was travelling at 106mph (170km/h) along a curve – more than double the speed limit for that section of the line.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, investigators said Mr Bostian was “extremely co-operative” but could not remember details of what had happened.

 

BBC

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