Engineer charged in deadly Amtrak crash

Those charges are involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.

But Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield ordered the district attorney to charge Bostian at the urging of attorneys representing dozens of the victims.

Epstein says state Attorney General Josh Shapiro could also negotiate a plea or take time to evaluate the case.

The attorney's general office did not say when Bostian will be arraigned.

Federal investigators concluded that Bostian lost track of his location, or "situational awareness", before the crash after learning that a nearby SEPTA commuter train had been struck with a rock.

Bostian did not return calls for comment.

Should the attorney general's office agree to charge Bostian, it would trigger a warrant for his arrest.

An earlier story appears below.

Pennsylvania's attorney general appeared to disagree with the previous conclusion, and filed eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of causing or risking a catastrophe, and multiple counts of reckless endangerment Friday.

However, the Philadelphia's district attorney's office determined that the evidence did not rise to the necessary level needed to charge the engineer or anyone else with a crime. A judge ruled Bostian should be charged and the case was referred to Shapiro's office.

Federal investigators have already concluded that the engineer was to blame after he got distracted by radio chatter and inattentively rounded a 50 miles per hour curve at more than 100 miles per hour, killing eight people and injuring 200 on May 12, 2015. In announcing Tuesday that it would not charge Bostian, the District Attorney's Office said there was not enough evidence to establish criminal responsibility.

On Wednesday, the family of 39-year-old Rachel Jacobs, who was killed in the crash, filled out a private citizen criminal complaint, which the DA's office again declined. The investigation found no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved. The crash killed eight people and injured about 200 others.

"The best we could come up with was that he was distracted from this radio conversation about the damaged train and forgot where he was", NTSB chairman Christopher Hart said at a May 2016 hearing.

"There is a longing for accountability when you are disabled and in excruciating pain every day", Mongeluzzi said.

The train had left Philadelphia minutes before, heading toward NY. The automated system notifies an engineer if the train is speeding and applies the brakes automatically if the engineer does not respond.

Bostian has a personal injury suit pending against Amtrak, saying he was left disoriented or unconscious when something struck his train before it derailed.

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