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9/11 survivor's account questioned
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09:33, September 28, 2007

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A harrowing account of surviving the World Trade Center attack by a woman who has led ground zero tours for politicians is now coming under scrutiny, according to a published report.

The account by Tania Head has appeared, among other places, on the website of the World Trade Center Survivors Network, a nonprofit organization for which she served as president and as point person for corporate donations, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Head has said, among other things, that she was badly burned on the 78th floor of the trade center, and encountered a dying man who handed her his inscribed wedding ring, which she later returned to his widow.

She also said her husband, or her fiance, had perished at the trade center.

She spoke to college students and led Tribute WTC Visitor Center tours for visitors including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Governor George E. Pataki.

The Times said yesterday that no part of Head's account has been verified.

It said family and friends of the fiance have never heard of Head, and that Merrill Lynch & Company, where she told people she had worked, had no record of her.

The Times said Head canceled three interviews in recent weeks, citing her privacy and emotional turmoil, and declined to provide details to corroborate her story.

Source: China Daily/agencies




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