Judge dismisses criminal charges in 188 crash

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A National Transportation Safety Board investigator looks on as workers assess the wreck of Amtrak Northeast Regional train No. 188 in May 2015.
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PHILADELPHIA — One Pennsylvania judge says the deadly 2015 derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia was likely an accident and has dismissed all criminal charges against the engineer, Brandon Bostian.

Philadelphia media are reporting that Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gehret cleared Bostian after a four-hour preliminary hearing on Tuesday after listening to a handful of witnesses and reviewing evidence. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the judge saying, “I think it’s more likely than not this was an accident and not criminal.”

On May 12, 2015, Bostian was the engineer on seven-car Northeast Regional train No. 188 leaving Philadelphia for New York at 9:10 p.m. carrying 193 passengers and crew. Ten minutes later at 106 mph, it entered a left-hand curve at Frankford Junction posted for 50 mph and overturned.

Bostian told National Transportation Safety Board investigators he had no recollection of the crash. The NTSB later determined he had been distracted by a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train making an emergency stop ahead on the same track.

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