DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I can.
That is the information that I am getting from two sources,
that there was a van either on the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway, and that it was near the George Washington Bridge.
There were two or three men who were in the van that was pulled over.
It is not clear why the van was pulled over, but when it was, law enforcers found tons of explosives inside of the van.
That is, right now, all I am hearing. But again, two to three people in custody,
and we are trying to get more information on that right now.
HEMMER: Deborah, I don’t mean to put you on the spot here. Do you know where on the Jersey Turnpike this was? How far from New York City?
FEVERICK: We do not know that.
We are looking into that.
There is one report that it was on the New Jersey Turnpike.
There is another report that it was very close to the bridge, if not on the bridge.
So again, these details are emerging. We’re trying to piece them together.
But that’s what we have so far, two to three people in custody, found with a van filled with explosives.
– CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL, A Number Of Men Arrested With Explosives On Jersey Turnpike, Aired September 11, 2001 – 23:28 ET
It should be clarified now that there were at least two vans stopped that day, which has led to some confusion.
One van was stopped at the “approach ramp” to the “George Washington Bridge,”
with either two suspects (CBS/Jerusalem Post) or three suspects (CNN).
A second van was stopped on a “service road off Route 3 near New Jersey’s Giant Stadium” in “East Rutherford” (ABC/Bergen Record), with five suspects.
This van was stopped “around 4pm” (ABC).
The latter van was stopped 12 miles away (MAPQUEST) at the George Washington Bridge, after 10pm on 9/11.
corroboration comes from the Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, Barney Calame,
writing for the American Society of Newspaper Editors:
“A delivery truck carrying about 60,000 papers bound for Manhattan from the South Brunswick printing plant got caught in a roadblock at the George Washington Bridge.
A van suspected of carrying explosives had been stopped
— and the entire inbound bridge lanes were closed, trapping the Journal delivery truck for several hours. ”
-Scattered WSJ staff use e-mail, phones, N.J. office to publish,
Barney Calame, Published: May 31, 2002