Amtrak 188 Engineer Charged in Deadly Derailment

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The engineer operating Amtrak 188 when it careened off the tracks in Northeast Philadelphia two years ago has been charged criminally in the derailment, Pennsylvania’s attorney general announced Friday.

Brandon Bostian, 33, was charged shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a mere seven hours before the statute of limitations was set to expire in the case.

Amtrak 188 was traveling 106 mph when it jumped the tracks negotiating a large curve at Frankford Junction on May 12, 2015. Several cars overturned and one was crushed like a aluminum can. The curve’s speed limit was set at 50 mph.

Eight passengers were killed and 200 were injured. Bostian told investigators he blacked out and couldn’t remember the moments leading up to the crash.

Bostian faces eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe and numerous counts of reckless endangerment.

The case was transferred to the Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office earlier this week after a Philadelphia judge ordered a private criminal complaint could move forward. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams previously declined to file charges against Bostian.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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