The lives of hundreds of people changed the night of May 12, 2015, when an Amtrak train headed toward New York hurtled off the tracks in Frankford. Eight people were killed and more than 200 others were injured.
Among them was chef Eli Kulp, chef/owner of High Street on Market in Old City and a partner in the business that also operates Fork next door and a.kitchen and a.bar on Rittenhouse Square. He was headed home to Manhattan.
Kulp, a strapping fellow, was tossed forward and his neck hit a luggage rack. After surgeries, he spent months in a rehab hospital in Atlanta before returning to New York in October. He is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair.
People magazine today tells the story of the accident's impact, mostly from the point of view of his wife, Marisa. "Right now, there is just so much that I need to do as a mother, as a wife, to prepare us for the life ahead," she told the magazine.
The couple, facing catastrophic bills, had to reconfigure their apartment to accommodate Eli's care.
As for Eli Kulp, who says the realization that he won't be able to cook again was "indescribable": "Having to learn that I'm going to need people to take care of me is a very hard pill to swallow," he said.
See the story and a video here.
High Street on Hudson, the company's next restaurant, is due to open in the next two weeks.
And Congress seems ready to approve an increase in the compensation limits for rail passengers from $200 million per accident to $295 million.