NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Breaking News

CNHI Special Projects

September 9, 2011

Ten years removed, 9/11 attack on NYC remains on minds of many

(Continued)

NEW YORK —

As Madigan, another priest and some police officers hustled toward an emergency aid station on the opposite side of the World Trade Center, they overheard firefighters say that one, or both, of the towers were in danger of collapsing. He thought such a scenario was unlikely, but looked for escape routes as he and the others moved along together. Madigan spotted the subway entrance, which extended to another entry several blocks beyond the WTC site. At that moment, he felt a “dull rumble.”

“I saw in the distance the tower beginning to implode,” he said. “But I didn’t know if it was going to implode, or fall, in our direction or what. So I yelled to the police officers who were with me and the other priest, ‘Down here!’ And we all ran down the stairs to the entrance of the subway station and just huddled against the walls there, not knowing if that [subway tunnel] was going to collapse on top of us, or whatever. Thank God, fortunately it didn’t.”

Powdery gray and beige dust filled the corridor. Madigan and the others began choking. “But then it just subsided,” he said. Struggling to see, they linked arms and began walking along the subway platform, guided by one of the officers’ flashlights, eventually emerging from an exit a few blocks away, just as Madigan had envisioned.

Staying alive

As the church and its neighborhood slowly recovered, one vestige of the catastrophe stood beside St. Peter’s.

A steel beam, still bolted to a sheared-off crossbar, was uncovered in the rubble two days after 9/11. It resembled a cross, and became a source of inspiration for workers searching for victims. In 2006, the “Ground Zero Cross” was placed in front of St. Peter’s wall along Church Street, causing passers-by to often stop for photographs. It remained there until July 23, when it was moved to the new WTC site and lowered by crane into the 9/11 Museum, along with other relics of the damage, such as a fire engine, ambulance, subway car, and a staircase from one of the towers.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
CNHI Special Projects

Offbeat
NDN Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans