By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawyers representing those injured and killed in the May Amtrak derailment are praising Congressional action that could mean more money to compensate victims of the deadly crash.

A provision in a 1,300-page transportation bill would raise the cap on total victims’ compensation in the Amtrak crash from $200 million to $295 million.

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The crash killed eight people and injured more than 200.

Plaintiffs attorney Tom Kline says, “We believe that the bill which will be enacted will provide a measure of justice which could not have been achieved if the cap had stood at its 1997 level of $200 million.”

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Plaintiffs attorneys Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi represent 29 victims. Mongeluzzi said he expected liability and punitive damages from the crash to well exceed the $295 million cap.

He said expected a preliminary report from the NTSB by the end of the year.


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