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Charges could be reinstated against former Amtrak engineer

Former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian may not be off the hook for the deadly 2015 crash that killed eight people and injured nearly 200 more.

Investigators said Bostian lost his bearings when a New York bound train derailed while going nearly twice the speed limit around a curve in Northeast Philadelphia.

In September, a judge threw out charges of involuntary manslaughter after finding evidence pointed to an accident.

But on Monday, a different judge ruled she'll review the case and prosecutors may be able to reinstate charges.

"Whether he was reckless or not...that should be decided by a jury,” said attorney Tom Kline who represents several victim’s families.

"There needs to be individual responsibility in cases like this. If this were an individual who was going up the turnpike at 106 mph and killed a number of people, there would be charges against that individual,” Kline said.

The next hearing in this case is scheduled for February.


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