Prosecutors would face high bar in filing Amtrak charges

Prosecutors are trying to determine if the Amtrak engineer at the controls of a train that derailed in Philadelphia last week committed a crime.

Former prosecutors say 32-year-old Brandon Bostian could face criminal charges if law enforcement finds he was reckless or negligent when the train approached a curve at 106 mph. But any prosecution would have to pass a high bar: Bostian is unlikely to be charged if the crash is deemed an accident.

Lawyers suggest the charges under review would include reckless endangerment, involuntary manslaughter, third-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Jurors, though, would have to find significant negligence to convict.

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Bostian’s lawyer has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press. Robert Goggin has said his client has no memory of the May 12 derailment.

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