In a chilling throwback to one of the darkest days in modern history, footage captured by former New York University (NYU) student Caroline Dries from her 32nd-floor dorm room during the 9/11 attacks has re-emerged nearly two decades later.
This horrifying video (below) showcases the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center towers, providing a raw and unfiltered perspective of the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful day.
Dries, who later went on to become a successful television producer working on popular shows like Smallville and The Vampire Diaries, woke up with her roommate just before 9 a.m. on that ominous morning.
The initial explosion, marking the impact of the first airplane, prompted her to start filming immediately. As they observed the unfolding chaos, the second plane's collision led the duo to the grim realization that terrorists were orchestrating a devastating attack.
Audible on the footage is one of the girls exclaiming, "It's terrorists... what do we do?" The gravity of the situation prompted them to leave their 32nd-floor dormitory, with one expressing, "I don't want to be on the 32nd floor of this building anymore."
Reflecting on that life-altering day, it's crucial to remember the broader context of the 9/11 attacks. On that infamous day, four passenger airliners were hijacked, leading to the catastrophic events that unfolded. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center, resulting in their eventual collapse.
American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, causing a partial collapse, while United Airlines Flight 93, redirected towards Washington, D.C., crashed into a field in Pennsylvania due to brave passenger intervention.
The repercussions were devastating, with 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and enduring health consequences for first responders. The attacks remain the deadliest terrorist act in history, claiming the lives of 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers.
In the aftermath, the city grappled with the grim task of identifying the deceased, with the death count initially estimated at over 6,000, eventually confirmed to be around 2,977. The challenges of identification persisted, with approximately 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments collected, stored at Memorial Park outside the New York City Medical Examiner's facilities. Efforts to identify victims persist through ongoing DNA profiling.
The attacks were swiftly attributed to terrorists in the Middle East, catalyzing a series of wars that continue to shape geopolitical landscapes today. As this chilling dorm room footage resurfaces, it serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that 9/11 had on individuals, communities, and the world at large.