Philly Judge Throws Out Criminal Case Against Amtrak Engineer

Left: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi); Right: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

A Philadelphia Municipal Court judge on Tuesday formally dismissed criminal charges pending against Brandon Bostian, the 34-year-old train engineer who was driving when Amtrak Train 188 derailed on tracks in Port Richmond on May 12, 2015, AP’s Mike Sisak reports. Read more »

Judge Orders Prosecutors to Charge Driver in Amtrak Derailment

Left: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi); Right: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

A Philadelphia judge has ordered prosecutors to file charges against the driver in the 2015 Amtrak derailment – just days after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said it would not do so.

Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield has asked the DA’s Office to charge Brandon Bostian with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. A two-year investigation by the DA’s office found that Bostian’s speeding caused the train to derail, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others. Read more »

DA’s Office Won’t Charge Driver in Amtrak Derailment

Left: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi); Right: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will not charge Brandon Bostian, the engineer who was driving Amtrak Train 188 when it derailed in 2015, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others.

Following a nearly two-year investigation, the DA’s office said no criminal charges would be filed in the Amtrak derailment. Read more »

Deadline Nears for Endangerment Charges to Be Filed Against Amtrak Engineer

Left: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi); Right: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

Left: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi); Right: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

It’s been almost two years since Amtrak train 188 derailed, killing eight and injuring more than 200.

Just before the crash, Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian had accelerated the vehicle to 106 mph – more than double the speed limit at the Frankford Junction curve, where the train crashed. A yearlong investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that Bostian was likely distracted immediately before the derailment.

Bostian has so far faced no charges in the crash, and if the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office doesn’t file charges against him by this Friday, it’s unlikely that he’ll be held criminally accountable.  Read more »

Family of Amtrak Worker Killed in April Crash Files Suit

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Joseph Neal Carter Jr. (right) with his children. Carter was killed in an April Amtrak crash when a train struck the equipment he and another victim were using to perform work on the tracks.

On April 3, 2016, Amtrak train an struck and killed 40-year Amtrak veteran Joseph Neal Carter, Jr., who was working on the tracks. In a press conference this morning, attorneys Tom Kline from Kline & Specter, P.C. and Robert Mongeluzzi from Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. announced that they have filed a civil action in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas court on behalf of Carter’s family.

Train 89, which was traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia, crashed in Chester when, at around 8 a.m., it ran into the backhoe that Carter was operating. A number of passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. In addition to Carter, another worker, Peter John Adamovich, was killed. His family has obtained legal representation elsewhere, according to Kline.  Read more »

Lawyers for Amtrak Victims Don’t Buy NTSB’s Report

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L: Brandon Bostian (Courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi) R: The aftermath of the Amtrak Train 188 derailment (AP/Mel Evans)

There had to have been some kind of explanation lurking under the twisted wreckage of Amtrak Train 188, something that went beyond simple human error.

That was one line of thought that hung around in the aftermath of the catastrophic crash in Frankford last May that left eight passengers dead and nearly 200 injured. Maybe the train had been peppered with gunfire, or pelted with rocks, like a nearby SEPTA train had that fateful night, or suffered some sort of crippling mechanical malfunction.

But in the end, the simplest explanation turned out to be the only one, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which announced today that the crash was likely caused by the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, who was distracted by radio chatter about a SEPTA engineer who was injured in North Philly and then lost his bearings, mistakenly accelerating the train to 106mph as it approached a dangerous curve.  Read more »

First Car Passenger Robert Hewett Recounts Surviving Crash of Amtrak 188

Amtrak 188 survivor Bob Hewett. Photo | Mariam Dembele

Amtrak 188 survivor Bob Hewett. Photo | Mariam Dembele

The Amtrak 188 train derailment happened one year ago today. Survivor Robert Hewett has relived it every day since.

“Every breath I take, I think about it, I have a lot of terrible sleeping at night, if it’s not various pain, it’s my mind just replaying the crash,” said Hewett, 58, a security official for BASF, at a press conference held at the law firm representing him on the anniversary of the Amtrak 188 train derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Read more »

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