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Death Toll 'Horrendous'

Tuesday, 11 September 2001 12:00 AM

Among the victims of the Pentagon crash, Fox News Channel reported, was Barbara Olson, the wife of Solicitor General Theodore Olson and the author of

In New York City, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were crippled - and then collapsed - after hijacked commercial airplanes crashed into them, the casualties from the attacks were unknown. But tens of thousands worked in the building. Witnesses said they saw a number of poeple jump from windows before the collapses.

As emergency services and other officials struggled to treat the wounded and recover the dead, Mayor Rudy Giuliani would not speculate on the number of fatalities, but said numerous police officers and firefighters were in harm's way with "no way of telling how many have been lost."

Giuliani said that 2,000 rescue workers were in the area and that the National Guard had been deployed to help them.

"The number of casualties are more than any of us can bear," he said. "I have a sense it is a horrendous number of lives lost."

"Our major focus has to be on trying to find people. We have to focus on finding people," said the mayor.

"My heart goes out to all the innocent victims of these vicious acts of terrorism, and our focus now has to be on saving as many lives as possible," he said.

Asked for his reaction, Giuliani said: "Thank God, that I'm safe. But I think of the people we lost, some of whom I talked to just 15 minutes before we lost them."

The mayor said a morgue at an undisclosed location has been set up to deal with the fatalities.

"The morgue is operating, and we don't have a count yet, and we really don't want to hazard a guess on that until somewhat later," said Giuliani.

Officials in New York City have announced that at least 200 firefighters and 78 police officers were missing and presumed dead after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Police and fire department spokesmen have said the men and women disappeared when the twin 110-story towers collapsed, reported New York's Channel 7 News.

Passengers and crew onboard the two flights that collided with the buildings were confirmed dead.

One passenger on board the American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles was identified as Daniel C. Lewin, 31, co-founder of Akamai Technologies.

The flight was carrying 81 passengers, nine crew members and two pilots when it crashed into one of the Trade Center's twin towers, killing everyone on board.

United Airlines Flight 175, also from Boston to Los Angeles, was carrying 56 passengers, seven crew members and two pilots, when it crashed into the second tower a short while later. There were no survivors from that flight either.

Reports from the New York said there are 600 people at hospitals, with 150 of them critically injured.

Hundreds of so-called walking wounded flooded the streets northward, heading for hospitals for treatment. Some 2,000 others, appearing dazed, were ferried to Liberty State Park, where an emergency center is treating injuries

In some areas sanitation vehicles were being used to transport the injured, because all ambulances were occupied.

By midafternoon St. Vincent Hospital in Greenwich Village, which handled most of the injured during the February 1973 bombing of the World Trade Center, had 266 patients, 25 of them critically injured. Three others were dead on arrival. New York's Roman Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Edward Egan was performing last rites outside.

Other hospitals put out calls for extra doctors and nurses from neighboring states.

Earlier Tuesday, the New York Port Authority estimated 25,000 people might have been inside the building at the time of the crashes. Some 54,000 people worked at the World Trade Center Complex. An estimated 150,000 visited its observation towers and shopping centers each day.

Near Washington, details were sketchy surrounding the apparent terrorist attack on the Pentagon shortly after the World Trade Center attacks. Many thousands of people work at the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said all of the service chiefs and secretaries and the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were accounted for.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was in the building at the time of the crash and remained there directing the Pentagon's efforts, in consultation with President Bush and the national security staff.

The Pentagon has not released an offical list of causualities.

But shortly after the attack, a military officer at the scene said he had been told there were six fatalities. An Arlington County Fire Department spokesman said there were 34 or 35 people injured.

American Airlines Flight 77 struck the west side of the Pentagon about 9:39 a.m. Tuesday morning. The plane's 58 passengers, four flight attendents and two pilots were killed in the crash.

Virginia Hospital Center Arlington said it had received 31 injured people by late afternoon. Of those, six were treated and released and 15 were admitted for further treatment. The other 10 patients were being evaluated.

Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center said three servicemen injured in the Pentagon crash had been admitted as of Tuesday evening, hospital spokeswoman Michele Hammonds said.

Two of the men - a 29-year-old Navy lieutenant on active duty and a 46-year-old retired Navy commander - were in critical condition. The younger officer suffered second- and third-degree burns, and the retiree was treated for burns and "respiratory distress." The third victim, a 44-year-old Army lieutenant colonel, was in fair condition suffering from smoke inhalation and a possible broken ankle.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the major hospital for the Washington area's many military personnel, was expecting to receive more service members injured at the Pentagon and initially sent to other hospitals, Hammonds said.

Thirty-six victims were treated at the Pentagon's official hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, spokeswoman Kathryn Hughes said. As of 6 p.m., six of those patients had been discharged, eight were in intensive care, and two were still in surgery, she said.

Many of those treated had suffered only minor burns and cuts, Hughes said.

None of the Pentagon victims treated at the Arlington hospital died.

No other information about the patients was available. The hospital, 7 miles from the Pentagon, treats civilians and service members.

"We had extra surgeons in and about 50 extra physicians on hand" to treat the injured, she said. "We were well-staffed to handle the emergency."

A spokeswoman for Inova Health Systems said three of the company's five area hospitals treated 18 victims from the Pentagon. Of those, one patient - a Virginia state trooper - was in critical condition with smoke inhalation, 11 others were in fair condition, and six in good condition, including four firefighters. Another patient, a civilian Pentagon employee, was treated for minor injuries and released.

A casualty center at nearby Fort Myer's Henderson Hall was set up to attend to the wounded and dead.

A U.S. Marine, Pfc. Gary Shaw, 25, told United Press International the plane crash "sounded like a jet jumping the sound barrier, but the boom was actually the Pentagon" as the plane hit the building.

Pentagon employees should call the following numbers to sign into a "muster list," which will help determine the number of casualites and who remains missing: Army: 1-800-984-8523 or (703) 428-0002; Navy/Marine Corps 1-877-663-6772; the Air Force number was incomplete, given as 1-800-53 -9276.

Earlier Tuesday, Pentagon officials said they were deploying ships to New York to aid in the treatment of those wounded in the Twin Towers attack. The aircraft carriers USS John F. Kennedy and George Washington, the crusier Monterey and the USNS Comfort - a medical ship - were sent to New York. Ships out of Norfolk, Va., were also sent to the city.

In other news, 38 passengers, five crew members and two pilots were killed when United Airlines Flight 93, flying from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco crashed near Johnstown, Pa.

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