"All Pennsylvanians should be grateful that there is an Attorney General willing to do what is right and just to hold Engineer Bostian accountable for his reckless conduct", attorney Thomas R. Kline said on behalf of the Jacobs family and the families of the other victims.
Federal investigators concluded that Bostian lost track of his location, or "situational awareness", before the May 12, 2015, crash after learning that a nearby commuter train had been struck with a rock.
"This was something that never had to happen", survivor Robert Hewitt, of Nutley, New Jersey, told the Associated Press on the 1st anniversary of the crash previous year.
Amtrak 188 was traveling 106 miles per hour when it jumped the northbound tracks negotiating a large curve at Frankford Junction on May 12, 2015.
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In particular, prosecutors said, there is not enough evidence to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that when Bostian sped into the Frankford Junction curve, he was consciously ignoring the risk of the action.
The district attorney's office said evidence indicated the derailment was caused by the engineer operating the train far in excess of the speed limit, but it found no evidence that he acted with criminal intent.
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"I remember holding onto the controls tightly and feeling like, okay well this is it, I'm going over", Bostian told investigators.
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Bostian, in a lawsuit against Amtrak, said he was left disoriented or unconscious when something struck his train before it derailed. The NTSB has said had that equipment been installed the accident would not have happened.
Bostian has not spoken publicly about the derailment in the two years since.
Amtrak assistant conductor Brandon Bostian is seen outside a train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis in 2007.
The DA's office said "the derailment was caused by the engineer", but can not conclude that evidence rises to the level necessary for criminal charges.
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.
"Most of the time, a judge will deny it", Kline said.
"This is a moment of justice".
Kline spoke to Jacobs' father, John Jacobs, shortly after the charges were announced and said the man "wept at his daughter's grave tonight".