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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Amtrak Driver in 2015 Philadelphia Crash
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12 Sep 2017 07:07 PM EST

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the driver of the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight passengers and injuring 200 others. Brandon Bostian, 34, had been facing charges including involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Gehret in Philadelphia threw out the case after a four-hour preliminary hearing, citing a lack of evidence that the crash was the result of criminal action rather than an accident. The state attorney general’s office, which had brought the case, could still seek to refile charges against Bostian. The train was on its way from Washington to New York when it derailed at more than twice the speed limit while going around a curve in Philadelphia. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Bostian, who was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, became distracted, possibly by radio chatter that a nearby train had been hit by a rock.

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