APNewsBreak: Charges in fatal Pa. duck boat crash

July 14, 2011 - 11:59 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. prosecutors in Philadelphia say they will announce criminal charges Thursday in the deadly crash between a barge and a tour boat that killed two Hungarian students.

Investigators say the mate piloting the barge was on his cell phone dealing with a family emergency at the same time the duck boat was stalled in the Delaware River.

The July 7, 2010, crash also sent 35 others aboard the duck boat into the busy shipping channel.

The charges come just weeks after the National Transportation and Safety Board issued its findings on the crash. The agency found that tug boat pilot Matt Devlin was also surfing the Internet while at the helm.

Devlin's defense lawyer, Frank DeSimone, tells The Associated Press he won't comment until the charges are announced.