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By Ellen Wulfhorst
Grisly accounts of falling bodies, pleas for help and warnings to flee the World Trade Center fill thousands of heart-wrenching pages of transcripts of Sept. 11 emergency calls that were released on Thursday.
Many calls are from frantic people trapped in the upper floors of the heavily damaged twin towers, including a woman making repeated calls from the Windows on the World restaurant, reporting fires in the building and elevator shafts and pleading for guidance on what to do.
"We are on the 88th floor. We're trapped," one woman caller said. "The whole building is going to coming down on me. The building is starting ... coming down (inaudible) ..."
The transcripts recorded calls to nearly 100 Port Authority police and civilian radio channels made by authority staff at the scene, and calls made to Port Authority police stations.
The families of people who died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center will soon be able to log on to the Internet and read about 2,000 pages of transcripts of emergency calls made that day.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which released the transcripts to the media last week, is setting up a password-protected Web site for victims' families, spokesman Michael Petralia said.
No decision has been made on whether the general public also will have access, Petralia said.