Amtrak 188 engineer to stand trial in 2019

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PHILADELPHIA – The locomotive engineer at the controls of an Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia in 2015 is set to stand trial in September 2019.

Eight people died and more than 200 were injured when Amtrak train No. 188 derailment on the Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood in May 2015. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation found the train was traveling at 102 mph on a curve with a 50-mph speed limit at the time it derailed. The investigation also found that the engineer, Brandon Bostian, had been distracted by radio chatter and was unable to slow the train down.

Bostian was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment but in 2017 a judge dismissed the case saying it was an accident, not a criminal act. In early 2018, the prosecutors appealed the decision and a judge ruled that there was enough evidence to go to trial. Attorneys have been preparing for the case ever since.

Earlier this year, there were some indications that a plea deal was in the works, but on Thursday attorneys for both sides said they would proceed to trial.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Bostian’s trial will begin on Sept. 23, 2019.

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