NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man who survived the 9/11 attacks said he considers himself lucky after escaping serious injury in Thursday’s deadly NJ TRANSIT crash.
Tahir Qureshi, 42, of New Milford, was a passenger on the Pascack Valley Line train that crashed in the Hoboken Terminal, leaving one woman dead and more than 100 other people injured.
“I was sitting directly behind the engineer. I was in the first row of the first car,” Qureshi told 1010 WINS. “I didn’t see anything unusual. It felt like a normal ride.”
Then everything changed.
“It felt like a huge explosion, I thought it was initially a bomb and next thing I know I was on the ground,” Qureshi said.
The father of three said the roof of the platform came crashing down, crushing him and other passengers under the debris.
“Everything landed right on top of me,” Qureshi said. “I saw a number of people that were somewhat crushed under there, they had some bloody faces.”
Qureshi said he feels lucky because he walked away from the devastation with only a sprained knee.
“I didn’t have any scratches or anything,” Qureshi said. “I consider myself very lucky.”
His wife thinks it’s a miracle.
“This is the second time this has happened, so I certainly feel fortunate,” Qureshi said.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Qureshi was walking through the front door of the South Tower when the first plane hit his office on the 98th floor, killing 300 of his colleagues. He reportedly sustained smoke inhalation and bruises.
“We have three kids, maybe there was someone looking out for them,” Qureshi said.