September 11, 2010
Phil Morelli, a laborer, was inside Tower On, beginning his normal workday, when the first plane hit. After barely escaping with his life, he would return to Ground Zero to work for many months on the recovery and deconstruction efforts.
The building I was in was Tower One and as I walk by 50A into the Secret Service parking lot, that’s when the big impact of whatever hit. I didn’t know what was going on and the big impact threw me up against a wall in the corridor.
You don’t know what the hell happened and now you’re just trying to get up and walk. I come running out into the B4 parking lot and everybody is screaming and yelling, then all of a sudden you hear this big thing come down the [elevator] shaft … and all of a sudden this big heat just came blowing through the B4 and you’re hearing everybody burned, screaming, broken legs, you know. If you’re on the ground and you’re running, you’re running across a parking lot, you’re going in between cars and there’s fire everywhere, there’s gasoline leaking all over the floor. You just think you’re gonna die.
Then I go towards Building Two and it happens all over again. I know the way to get up into Building Two and get right out into the street. Yeah, beautiful, but I’m hearing now that’s why I couldn’t get out because the main [elevator] car crashed and destroyed all the entrances and everything down there. So now I can’t get out. Now I’m running up the ramps and everything I’m seeing was terrible and it was just people screaming all over the place and as I’m running up the ramps, it’s not a complete circle. Of course, it would be beautiful if it was made like a Macy’s parking garage, but when you go up one ramp you gotta run clear to the other side to go up another one and then come out again. (More)