Bloomberg TV’s Michael McKee, who was headed to a conference at the World Trade Center when the first plane hit the North Tower, jumped out of his taxi and began interviewing witnesses:

Debris and smoke headed straight for me and I joined police and emergency workers who had been standing around and began racing for safety. The concussion from the explosion knocked me to the ground. And then came the clouds of thick black smoke that filled the air. I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t see. Suddenly, we were frightened by the sound of jets overhead again — what we didn’t know was this time it was our military jets.

Grasping the riverside railing, dozens of people staggered, crawled, and walked through the smoke, with no idea where they were or where they were going, other than away. When the smoke began to lift, I found I was in Battery Park.  Bloody, battered, ripped and torn, eventually I made my way back to the newsroom.  Read more