4 weeks later, some Amtrak crash victims still hospitalized

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- 4 weeks after the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section, at least 4 of the injured remain hospitalized.

Hahnemann University Hospital says it has 2 still in critical condition.

And Temple University Hospital, which treated the brunt of the 200-plus hurt when Amtrak train 188 left the tracks on a sharp curve at Frankford Junction on May 12th, has two.

Neither of those are in critical condition.

Doctors say those injured worst in the derailment suffered multiple broken bones, head & spinal cord injuries, largely from being tossed around the inside of the train cars.

And they were largely in the business car, near the front of the train.

Although most of the injured left hospitals within a week after the derailment, some face long rehabilitation periods, and are in nursing homes or rehab hospitals closer to home or loved ones.

One of them facing a long road ahead is renowned chef Eli Kulp, co-owner of High Street on Market, Fork, and a market.

Kulp suffered serious spinal cord injuries, and after initial treatment in Philadelphia, was moved to a rehab facility closer to his home in Westchester County, New York.

Friends have established a GoFundMe site, to assist his family with medical and other financial burdens.