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Sen. Carper Visits Lewes Home of Amtrak Train Derailment Survivor

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Sen. Tom Carper visits Lewes home of Amtrak train derailment survivor Matthew Morgan. (Photo: WBOC) Sen. Tom Carper visits Lewes home of Amtrak train derailment survivor Matthew Morgan. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. -- Delaware Sen. Tom Carper traveled to Lewes Thursday afternoon to meet a survivor from the May 2015 Amtrak train derailment.

Matthew Morgan, a husband and father of seven young children, almost lost his life on the night of May 12 when the speeding train derailed in Philadelphia.

It was the same train Carper had deboarded earlier that night in Wilmington.

Morgan recalls what happened when he boarded the train on his ill-fated trip to New York.

"We text each other a lot," said Morgan referring to his wife Lisa. "And then I usually go to sleep until I'm in New York. And this time I woke up on Saturday in the hospital."

Morgan works two engineering jobs to support his family. One of those is as a signal engineer for Amtrak, a job he only recently started back in March.

Morgan says he suffered a number of injuries.

"A big [skull] laceration, 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a compromised lung on the other side, fractured hip," said Morgan as he named several more injuries.

Morgan also suffered a shattered femur, an injury he says he needs a leg brace for along with physical therapy.

But today Morgan is alive and doing well and on Thursday met Carper for the first time.

It is meeting Morgan said was put together after a Cape Gazette article came out where he thanked the community for their support through his recovery.

"We received a call from the senator after the article. I'm assuming he read it," said Morgan jokingly, "Then I found out that the senator was actually on the same train that derailed. He happened to get off in Wilmington when I got on."

On a fateful night that could have easily snatched his whole world away.

Morgan said both companies he works for are waiting for his return once he is fully recovered.

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