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World Trade Center "survivors' staircase" moved to temporary storage
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08:56, March 10, 2008

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A staircase of the World Trade Center through which survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack escaped was moved Sunday to a temporary storage location nearby.

The so-called "survivors' staircase" was hoisted onto a flatbed truck and moved to its interim home near the northwest corner of the site, with officials and representatives of survivors looking on.

The 37-step staircase, the last remaining above-ground piece of the World Trade Center, used to connect the plaza outside the Twin Towers to the street below.

The staircase had initially been set to be destroyed to make way for construction, but a compromise plan was reached to separate the stairs from their concrete base.

The 65-ton structure will be placed later inside the World Trade Center memorial museum, which is scheduled to open in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.


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