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Wednesday, 12 September, 2001, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Fears for relatives in US
A fire engine near the World Trade Center, New York
A fire engine near the World Trade Center, New York
An American woman living in Wales has said she does not hold out much hope for friends who were working at the World Trade Center when terrorists struck.

Sandra Jones from Llanelli, said she had spent hours desperately trying to contact them on the telephone, but said the New York exchange was jammed.

Sandra Jones: Fears for friends at World Trade Center
Sandra Jones: Fears for friends at World Trade Center
"My friends could have been on their way to work. I have no clue what has happened to them and probably won't for a while. I do not hold out much hope for them.

"We can only assume the worst, and with this I can only offer prayers to the Lord that they died swiftly and without suffering."

Mrs Jones, 40, said she had also been very worried about her stepmother, who was due to book into a hotel close to the Pentagon, in Washington, which was also targeted by terrorists.


We no longer can live in a coccoon of thought that this will never happen to us

Sandra Jones, Llanelli
"When I finally heard her voice, I broke down crying," said Mrs Jones, who moved to Wales with her Welsh husband John three years ago.

"At first, I could not get through to anybody in the States.

"I had a hell of a time getting through to my family in California."

Both her parents work for the military and her stepmother - who works for the US Navy - had been due to fly from California to Washington and stay in a hotel two miles from the Pentagon.
Trade Trade Center on fire
Eyewitnesses took pictures of the disaster

Sandra said her father had explained that military bases and key installations in the United States were on a state of high alert.

"A lot of people in the States are angry right now. My father said things there are sombre."

She added: "We are due to go over there at Christmas and it will not be the same after this.

"We no longer can live in a cocoon of thought that this will never happen to us.

"America has been thrust into the real world like it or not."

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