A judge has tossed criminal charges against the Amtrak engineer accused of involuntary manslaughter in a Philadelphia derailment that killed eight people.
Judge Thomas Gehret made the decision Tuesday after a preliminary hearing for Brandon Bostian, 34.
Gehret said the evidence offered by prosecutors convinced him that the wreck was “more likely an accident than criminal negligence.”
“We’re elated with this result because it’s the right result,” Bostian’s lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters outside the courthouse, according to a reporter for local NPR affiliate WHYY.
“Hopefully now Brandon can get on with the rest of his life.” […]