Harrowing never-before-seen photos show desperate scenes after 9/11 attacks

Never before seen harrowing images of the carnage of the World Trade Centre have been released for the first time.

Dr Emil Chynn was one of the first medics at the scene when the first plane crashed into the Twin Towers at just after 9am on September 11, 2001.

Now 50, Dr Chynn could see the burning towers while he was out walking his dog on Manhattan, New York, that morning.

He grabbed his roller blades and rushed to the scene.

The medic was working at a local hospital during a previous terror attack scare and knew how vital his experience would be at the scene rather than waiting for any victims to be taken to hospital.

When Dr Chynn, who lives in New York City, arrived at the scene he was surrounded by debris and smoke but got to work setting up what he claims to be the first triage centre on site.

The doctor has now released the photographs he took during the week he volunteered at the scene to demonstrate the kindness of strangers in such a heartbreaking time.

Dr Chynn said: "When I saw the plumes of smoke coming from downtown I knew I had to go down and see what was going on.

"Having worked in a hospital during a previous terror attack scare, I knew that I would be more use at the scene if people were injured, so I put on my rollerblades and headed down.

"As soon as I arrived I was surrounded by smoke, debris and paper inches deep but I had to go and find the buildings.

"Along the way I met other volunteers and after about 30 minutes of looking we found the remains of the Twin Towers, which were only about three stories high.

"The scene was awful, people were trying to clear debris and body parts from all over the place.

"I quickly did what I could to help and – as the first physician on the scene – set up the first triage centre.

"I was on the scene volunteering for about a week and captured these photos whilst I was there.

"They were captured on a film camera, so took me a while to get them developed, but as soon as I got the physical photos back I knew I had to share them.

"As distressing as the time was and the photos are, they show the pure compassion that people have for other strangers.

"Everyone looks back on what happened in dismay at the human race instead of how a city came together to risk their lives and help people they didn't even know."

Almost 3,000 people were killed in 9/11 with a further 6,000 injured.

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