personal accounts of Karl Warmington a Jamaican vacationing
in New York
heard an unusually loud engine, I looked up and saw the belly of
a plane brushing the tops of buildings close to the towers
many other Jamaicans, Karl Warmington went to the United States
for his summer vacation and on the morning of September 11, decided
to drive to Manhattan to visit friends before heading home.
He had just
got out of the car and was standing on the sidewalk one block away
from the World Trade Centre buildings when, "I heard an unusually
loud engine, I looked up and saw the belly of a plane brushing the
of buildings close to the towers," Warmington told The Gleaner.
His heart began
to race and his first thoughts were that the plane had lost control
but then came the explosion and he shouted. To Warmington, the events
seemed like a scene from a movie and thinking quickly, he opened
the car door and grabbed his Canon EOS 3000 camera and began taking
a pair of binoculars in the car and kept looking from camera lens
to the binoculars. Another friend, who was in the car with me said
this is war, as I looked up and saw the big hole in the tower. I
continued clicking away and then the other plane hit."
At that point,
Warmington decided to leave the area as people had begun to run
away and shout and scream. He continued taking pictures while his
friend drove but once safely home, he could not bring himself to
watch the unfolding events throughout the day. But he returned to
the Brooklyn Bridge the next day to capture some more of the horrifying
scenes on film.
across the East side at the skyline where the twin towers were located
the day before, would be like going downtown Kingston and not seeing
the Bank of Jamaica or the Scotia Centre," he said. It was
then that the reality of what happened sunk in.
he was scheduled to return to Jamaica the Saturday after the attack
but when he got to the airport the lines were so long he had to
true Jamaican initiative, Warmington went back to the airport shortly
after midnight on Saturday and slept there overnight in order to
be first in line for the first flight on Sunday morning.
tight; there were US marshalls assisting with check-in, state troopers
and members of the New York police force. In spite of the horrible
tragedy, Warmington says he would go back to New York tomorrow.
Right: The pain of the attack took its toll on this woman as she
grasps her flag and cries.
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