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Re: Vague guesses at the death toll
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2001, at 08:03:35
In Reply To: Re: Vague guesses at the death toll posted by Jezzika on Thursday, September 13, 2001, at 07:45:16:

> Because of the time of the attack, I wonder how many people are alive because they missed the bus or they were running late?
> When I was in first grade, I almost never missed school. The one day I stayed home sick, however, my school bus crashed and lots of kids were seriously hurt.
> Of course that event is almost nothing compared to Tuesday, but those people who were running late must have a strange blend of emotions right now.
> --Jessica

After plane crashes, you always here stories of people that delayed or missed their flight for some incredibly trivial reason, which ended up saving their life.

I've not heard any of these yet, for this disaster (though a few people have said they didn't go to work because they overslept, or some such), but I think it's the first time I've heard the reverse of this story: CNN commentator Barbara Olson was scheduled to fly from Washington to LA on Monday, but delayed her flight until Tuesday so she could have breakfast with her husband, as it was his birthday.

I can't imagine what it must have been like for him to find out.


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