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The luckiest man alive

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

ADAM Petrelli is one of the luckiest men alive.

As stories emerge which reflect the graphic horror of the world's largest terrorist attack, his is a tale of what might have been but for a quirk of fate.

ADAM Petrelli is one of the luckiest men alive.

As stories emerge which reflect the graphic horror of the world's largest terrorist attack, his is a tale of what might have been but for a quirk of fate.

The 23-year-old New Yorker had been due to apply for a job as a bartender at the top of one of the 110-storey towers at 9am on Tuesday – moments after the first aircraft smashed into the first tower of the World Trade Center.

Had he made it to the building's uppermost bar there is little doubt he would have been among the thousands who perished.

Fortunately for Adam, his friends and his family, he overslept.

As hijackers launched the worst terrorist attack on the free world in history, Adam, who graduated from Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, last year and moved to New York with a dream of finding a job on Broadway, was safe in bed in his Manhattan apartment.

He is incredibly shaken to know that he could so easily have been in a job interview when New York came under attack.

He told the Evening Star in an e-mail: "I am okay. Thank God.

"I was planning on being at the World Trade Center at about the time of the attack to apply at the bar at the top for a bartending job.

"Thankfully I woke up late. Thank God."

Adam spent a long time contacting friends and family in England and America to let them know he was okay.

He said: "I really need to get a hold of a few more people right now, and phone lines being what they are, that's kind of hard right now."

Adam knows he is one of the lucky ones.


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