Cherished WTC survivors staircase moved





Workers have begun moving a staircase that served as an escape route for countless survivors of the attack on the World Trade Center.

The stairway survived Sept. 11 and remains the only aboveground remnant of the trade center complex. Its 37 stairs once connected the outdoor plaza outside the twin towers to the street below.

An American flag was placed on the staircase Sunday before it was hoisted onto a flatbed truck by a crane.

After years of debate over whether and how to preserve the structure, it's moving about 200 feet west on the site, to be stored until it can be installed at the Sept. 11 memorial.


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