Charges reinstated vs. Amtrak engineer in 2015 Philadelphia crash, Michigan woman killed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – An Amtrak engineer has been ordered to stand trial on criminal charges for a deadly 2015 derailment in Philadelphia.

Rachel Jacobs was one of those killed in the derailment. She grew up in suburban Detroit and was chief executive of ApprenNet, a Philadelphia-based education start-up. She lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son.

She was also the daughter of Gilda Jacobs – a former Michigan State Senator and the current head of the Michigan League for Public Policy based in Lansing.

A judge on Tuesday reinstated involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges against 34-year-old Brandon Bostian.

Another judge had thrown out the charges last year, ruling that the evidence pointed to an accident, not negligence.

Pennsylvania prosecutors appealed. Judge Kathryn S. Lewis ruled that the earlier judge had erred and that there was sufficient evidence to send the case to trial.

Bostian sat stunned as the decision was announced. He’s free on bail but must surrender his passport.

A total of eight people died when the Washington-to-New York train rounded a curve at more than twice the 50 mph speed limit and hurdled off the tracks.

Federal safety investigators concluded Bostian was distracted and lost his bearings.