TEN years after terrorists hit New York’s twin towers an Ilkeston woman has told the Advertiser how an extra shift at work on September 11 2001 may have saved her life.
Vicki-Marie Ennor, now 29, was in the Big Apple working at a Long Island Country Club on a work placement.
Having visited all the of the other famous landmarks Vicki-Marie and her friends had made plans to see the city from its highest point and visit the observatory on top of the world-famous towers on a day that changed the world.
She said: “Early that morning as we were getting we were asked by our manager if we could work, I thought of the money and the shops, some of them were out of the world and said yes.
“I was working in the restaurant serving breakfasts as it happened.
“They had a massive television for the members to watch and I remember just looking up and seeing the plane in the first tower.
“As soon as I had figured out that it wasn’t a trailer for a new disaster movie and that the devastation on the screen in front of me was real, I stopped and stared for a minute or two and then ran down to the lodgings where we were staying and managed to ring home before the second plane hit.
“I spoke to my step dad, when I spoke to my family the previous evening I told them that I was visiting the towers that morning, so I’m very glad I managed to speak to them to reassure them I was ok.”
As the drama unfolded Vicki watched on as country club members she was serving breakfast to realised their loved ones were in the towers. They were inconsolable.
Vicki-Marie told the Advertiser she didn’t have time to think about ‘what if?’ until later on that night.
“It wasn’t until after the initial commotion that I realised I could have been there.
“The train that we would have taken at 8.45am would have arrived in the underground station 9.05am, which was after the first plane had hit.
“I just remember lying in bed that night crying, thinking that if they decided to bomb the city then I would be dead.”
In the days after the attacks the mood in New York was one Vicki-Marie remembers.
“For days after the smell was horrible. The wind had changed and you could see the dust in the air.
“A couple of days after we drove into the city and where the towers used to stand was a big gaping hole, and the sky was still not clear”
Asked about her most vivd memory of the day, Vicki-Marie, said: “It’s not a nice one, just the feeling of dread as I lay in my bed that evening.
“Ten years on, I still think about it, even more so when September starts to come around. I still find it hard to see it on TV, for years I couldn’t watch anything about it, documentaries, conspiracy theory shows or news programmes.”