PHILADELPHIA - The speeding Amtrak engineer involved in a derailment that killed eight people and injured about 200 others in Philadelphia two years ago won't be charged, according to prosecutors.
They said they can't prove engineer Brandon Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.
Federal investigators concluded that Bostian lost track of his location before the May 12, 2015, crash after learning a nearby commuter train had been struck with a rock.
Victims' lawyers Tom Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi described their clients as bitterly disappointed and said many remain in constant pain two years later.
Kline said he believes the engineer should at least face reckless endangerment charges, but the district attorney's office said there's not sufficient evidence to prove he consciously disregarded the risk.
Bonuses paid out by organizers of last year's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia didn't violate terms of a $10 million state grant, so they don't have to be repaid, according to a Pennsylvania government audit.Read More »
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