January 10 03:39 AM EST
GHOST TRAIN EMERGES FROM RUBBLE
By MARK STAMEY and DAN MANGAN
Like a nightmare come chillingly to life, this
twisted, ghost-like wreckage of a PATH train slowly took form
yesterday as recovery workers at ground zero tore away at the
rubble that had buried it seven levels beneath the Twin Towers
site since Sept. 11.
Unlike many of the battered and broken items found in the debris
so far, the train is clearly recognizable - a stark, eerie relic
of the unforgettable horror of that day.
And miraculously, not a soul was lost aboard the normally
jampacked commuter cars. Several PATH trains carrying thousands
of rush-hour passengers entered the bustling subterranean
station as the disaster unfolded.
The newly discovered train is the only one that did not get out
before the collapse - but, thankfully, the only one there not
carrying passengers at the time of the attack. "It was out
of service when the disaster struck," said Steve Coleman,
spokesman for the Port Authority, which operates the
trans-Hudson River PATH trains. "There was nobody on board
the six-car train."
Coleman said the train was waiting to return to Newark when the
first of two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade
Center. Several PATH trains pulled into the station after the
first jet slammed into the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11.
There, underground, a dramatic series of events played out - and
thousands of lives were saved.
One train, carrying nearly 1,000 people, pulled in from Newark
several minutes after the first crash. But a train master,
hearing of the tragedy taking place above, ordered the crew to
put everyone waiting on the station platform on board with the
others - and to head back to Exchange Place in Jersey City.
Passengers who had already disembarked from the train at the
World Trade Center were evacuated by Port Authority police and
other workers, according to the PA.
Another train bound from Hoboken, which also was carrying about
1,000 people, was ordered to keep its doors closed, and continue
back to Jersey City. The crew of a third train was ordered to
leave their passengers at Exchange Place and race to the WTC
station to evacuate commuters and PA workers.
Coleman noted just after Sept. 11 that no one was trapped in the
which was damaged but not destroyed.
Above ground, PA police officers and commanders - including 37
who died that day - helped evacuate thousands of more people
before the towers collapsed.
Now, with the recovery of the sole train left at the site, the
PA is turning its sights to what will happen at ground zero.
There are plans to open a temporary station there within two
years. Long term, the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corp., which
ground zero reconstruction, is considering building a
transportation megahub at the site. That hub might combine
access to PATH trains, 14 city subway lines, and
Long Island Rail Road trains, as well as retail shops.
The Transit Authority said last week that it plans to reopen two
of three 1/9 subway train stations, closed by the attack, before
the end of the year.
Train Found In Ground Zero Rubble
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ecovery workers at ground zero have uncovered a commuter train
lying underneath the rubble of the World Trade Center, but no
bodies were found inside the train, officials said.
The train was one of several that carried thousands of
passengers each day into Lower Manhattan from New Jersey. It was
the only one not to leave the underground station owned by the
Port Authority as the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks unfolded.
"It was out of service when the disaster struck,"
said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority, which
operates PATH trains. "There was nobody on board the
Coleman said the train was waiting to return to Newark when
the first of two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade
Center. Other trains entered the station that morning as the
attacks occurred but were ordered to return to New Jersey.
Coleman said that no one was trapped inside the station,
which was damaged but not destroyed in the attacks.