FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, Brandon Bostian, the engineer involved in the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that that left eight people dead and about 200 injured, departs from the center for criminal justice in Philadelphia. Manslaughter charges filed against Bostian have been dropped for a second time. A defense lawyer argued Tuesday, July 23, 2019, that any mistakes made by Bostian do not amount to a crime, and a city judge agreed. The state Attorney General's Office says it will appeal the latest ruling. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Charges dismissed again in deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash

July 23, 2019 - 1:53 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charges against an Amtrak engineer over a deadly high-speed derailment in Philadelphia has have been dismissed for a second time.

A city judge threw out manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges Tuesday after defense lawyer Brian McMonagle argued that any mistakes made by Brandon Bostian do not amount to crimes.

Two judges have now dismissed charges against Bostian in the 2015 derailment that left eight people dead and about 200 injured. The state Attorney General's Office says it will appeal the latest ruling.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded Bostian lost his bearings while distracted by radio chatter about a nearby train that was struck by a rock.

Investigators say the train rounded a curve at more than twice the 50 mph (80 kph) speed limit.

Victims' lawyer Thomas Kline says the victim's families are still seeking justice and hope Tuesday's decision will be reversed.

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