Prosecutors, defense say NTSB is withholding crucial information in Amtrak 188 case

A spokesman for the agency said they are working to compile the information.

Kristen Johanson
August 22, 2018 - 7:05 pm
Investigators examine the train derailment site on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, after a northbound Amtrak train crashed in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The case against the engineer of the ill-fated Amtrak 188, which crashed more than three years ago, has stalled again. 

Brandon Bostian is facing scores of charges, but at a hearing Wednesday morning, lawyers on both sides said they aren't getting what they need to move forward.

Both prosecutors and the defense say the National Transportation Safety Board is not handing over critical pieces of information as it relates to the case against Bostian, including videos of the crash, audio recordings and interview tapes.

During the discovery status listing, prosecutors told the judge they have subpoenaed the information and filed a Freedom of Information Act request more than a year ago.

An attorney for Amtrak, who was also in court, told the judge that the NTSB "can't be playing hide-the-ball with information as important as this."

A spokesman for the agency said they are working to compile the information, but would not give an estimated time.