A video recorded by NYU student Caroline Dries on September 11, 2011 is going viral nearly 15 years after it was recorded. The video, which has been seen widely in the past has found renewed interest in the last month, being viewed millions of times. [Scroll Down For Video]
It’s unclear why the video has suddenly gone viral again, but it could be due to millions of people who were too young to remember the incident having access to technology to easily share and watch the video. The video is one of the most personal accounts of the incident.
The video shows Dries and a friend in her dorm room shortly after the first Trade Center tower was hit and just moments before the second tower was hit.
A person can be seen jumping or falling from the first tower as it burned.
When the second tower is hit you can hear one of the girls immediately make the connection that the incident must be terrorism.
Both girls flee the high rise dorm building along with dozens of other students.
Speaking to CNN in 2011 Dries recounted the day:
I just remember feeling, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ That feeling of being so vulnerable was so overwhelming; and so, we ran out of the apartment, took the elevator down to the street, and it was just kind of pandemonium with no one knowing what [was] happening.
It took kind of ten years for me to understand why this footage is special. People, I think, want to remember the details clearly and to hold onto it because they know how significant it was. Sometimes I think it would have been nice to have not filmed it — to just have run and let time kind of erase all the details and it would have gone a little faster.
Dries went on to become a television writer and has written on shows such as Smallville, Melrose Place, and The Vampire Diaries.