PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A judge reinstated all charges that were brought upon an Amtrak engineer for his responsibility in a derailment in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed 8 people, MyNBC 15 reports.
The derailment accident happened in May 2015 when the train traveling to New York ran off the track at a curve more than twice the 50 mph limit.
Superior Court Judge Victor Stabile, overturned a lower court’s decision last July to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter and endangerment charges against engineer, Brandon Bostian.
Bostian’s lawyer argued that Bostian’s mistakes did not increase the level of a crime.
Bostian lost his control when distracted by a radio and was not impaired or using his cellphone, The National Transportation Safety Board investigators state.
Amtrak agreed to pay approximately $265 million to settle claims filed by victims or their families.
Now, the railroad has programmed positive train control technology.
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