Pennsylvania attorney general pursues Amtrak 188 engineer

Top law enforcement officer set to appeal state court's dismissal of all charges against Brandon Bostian
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An image from a 3D laser scan showing passenger Car 1, or the business class car of Northeast Regional train 188, showing where it came to rest.
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PHILADELPHIA — Even though a municipal court judge dismissed charges against the engineer involved in the Amtrak No. 188 derailment, Pennsylvania’s attorney general is appealing the judge’s decision, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a notice to appeal, but a court date has not been set.

An attorney representing Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian says the locomotive operator has done nothing wrong.

On Sept. 12, a municipal court judge dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and risking a catastrophe after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal trial.

Federal investigators also determined Bostian had no alcohol or drugs in his system and his cellphone was not in use at the time of the derailment.

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 that had reported being hit by debris nearby.

See the original story online.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that a SEPTA train was on the same track as Amtrak No. 188. We regret the error. Oct. 11, 2017, 7:34 p.m. Central time.

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