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In an Old West Virginia Tunnel, a Team of City Rescuers Rehearses for the Worst

A plaintive cry pierced the dusty darkness Tuesday afternoon as a team of police officers and firefighters from New York City searched through mangled cars and trucks in a two-lane highway tunnel that appeared to have been hit by a bomb. “Please, over here, help me,” begged a young woman, who for an hour had lain silent beside the body of a girl who looked already dead. “Help me.” A few of the 20-odd rescuers shined flashlights in her direction, but each was already busy trying to save other apparent victims scattered around the wreckage. This scene could have taken place in any big American city. The tunnel could have been the Holland or the Lincoln. But it played out in a training center near this tiny mining town, 400 miles from Manhattan, where an expert team of search-and-rescue specialists from New York City tested their ability to respond to a weapon of mass destruction. Full Story

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