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Prosecutors seek to reinstate charges in 2015 Amtrak wreck

February 6, 2018
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking to have criminal charges reinstated against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

A hearing is set for Tuesday in the case of Brandon Bostian, who previously had involuntary manslaughter charges thrown out after a judge determined the evidence pointed to an accident.

Eight people died when the Washington-to-New York train rounded a curve at more than twice the 50 mph (80 kph) speed limit and hurdled off the tracks. Federal safety investigators concluded Bostian was distracted by radio traffic and lost his bearings.

Like in the fatal crash involving a speeding Amtrak train on Sunday in South Carolina, the track where the Philadelphia crash occurred did not have the technology that can automatically slow down or stop a speeding train.



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