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Pennsylvania AG charges Amtrak engineer in fatal crash

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's attorney general is doing what the Philadelphia district attorney's office said it couldn't do.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday that his office has charged Brandon Bostian, the engineer of an Amtrak train that went off the tracks in Philadelphia two years ago, killing eight people and injuring approximately 200 others.

"These charges include eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe and numerous counts of reckless endangerment, which go beyond what was included in the private criminal complaint ordered by Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield," Shapiro said.

Neifield on Thursday ordered charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment to be filed against Bostian, two days after the Philadelphia district attorney's office said it couldn't prove Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.

The city referred the prosecution to the state attorney general to avoid any apparent conflict of interest.

"I commend our outstanding team in the office of attorney general who worked diligently and thoughtfully around the clock to enable us to be in this position to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this deadly crash," Shapiro said.

Federal investigators concluded Bostian lost track of his location before the 2015 crash after learning a nearby commuter train had been struck with a rock.

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