Washington: An Amtrak engineer has been acquitted by a jury in the 2015 fatal train derailment in Philadelphia.
Brandon Bastian, 38, has been cleared of charges including extortion, involuntary manslaughter and negligent endangerment, reports Xinhua news agency.
In fact, on May 12, 2015, 8 passengers were killed and more than 200 people were injured in the derailment.
According to court documents, Bossian accelerated the train to a speed of 106 miles (about 170.6 km) per hour, where the speed limit was less than half that.
According to documents, the train was unable to navigate a curve, leading to derailment.
Investigators later determined that Bossian was not impaired when he was in the driver’s seat.
Bossian’s lawyer argued that the engineer was distracted by people throwing rocks in the area before the accident.
Amtrak, a federally chartered corporation, reached a $26.5 million settlement in 2016 with the families of victims killed or injured in the disaster.
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