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Prosecutors seek to reinstate charges in 2015 Amtrak wreck

December 20, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors will renew their request that criminal charges be reinstated against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

A judge in September threw out involuntary manslaughter and other charges against Brandon Bostian after finding the evidence pointed to the crash being an accident, not the result of negligence. Prosecutors will go to court Wednesday to get the case reinstated.

Eight people died and more than 200 people were injured when the train rounded a curve at more than twice the speed limit and hurdled off the tracks. Investigators concluded Bostian had lost his bearings.

Like in the fatal crash involving a speeding Amtrak train this week in Washington state, the track where the Philadelphia crash occurred did not have the technology that can automatically slow or stop a speeding train.

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