The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that Amtrak train 188 derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 because the engineer accelerated during a loss of situational awareness. The train was on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City when it derailed at Frankford Junction, killing eight people and seriously injuring dozens more. Officials say the train was traveling at more than 100mph at the time of the crash. A $265 million settlement was announced in October 2016. Engineer Brandon Bostian was charged on May 12, 2017 — the two-year-anniversary. In September, a judge said there was not enough evidence that Bostian had committed a crime, but just before an October deadline, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro appealed to pursue criminal charges.
PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed charges after a Philly judge’s order.
After a plea from victim’s families, Brandon Bostian can still be charged with involuntary homicide and reckless endangerment.
Eight people died. 200 were injured. The engineer was speeding. But it’s complicated.
After the Amtrak crash took their use away, the High Street co-owner is focused on getting his hands back.
What were those radio communications that supposedly caused the engineer to lose track of where he was?
The placing of blame opens the door for criminal charges and sets in motion timelines for a spate of lawsuits from dozens of victims and their families.