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9/12/2017 - Judge dismisses charges against Amtrak engineer
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A judge has dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people.
The decision came Tuesday after a preliminary hearing for 34-year-old Brandon Bostian.
Judge Thomas Gehret says that based on the evidence offered by prosecutors, he feels it is "more likely an accident than criminal negligence."
The 34-year-old engineer was arrested in May after the family of one of the victims filed a private criminal complaint, and another judge overruled prosecutors who'd said there wasn't enough evidence against him.
Bostian's Washington-to-New York train tumbled from the tracks on May 12, 2015, after accelerating to 106 mph as it entered a 50-mph curve.
About 200 people were injured.
Federal safety investigators concluded Bostian lost his bearings while distracted by an incident with a nearby train.
Midshipman Justin Zemser of New York was killed in the crash.
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