9/11 Flight attendant dies in Texas collision
AP | March 30 2006
FREMONT, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman whose life was spared from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by a chance scheduling of a family medical appointment has died from injuries suffered in a Texas vehicle collision.
Relatives said flight attendant Marilyn Gates, 52, was in Texas to attend a weekend wedding when a sport utility vehicle hit the car in which she was riding Saturday at a suburban intersection north of Dallas.
Texas Department of Safety officials identified the SUV driver as Stephen Mole, of Keller. Spokeswoman Lisa Block said speed was a factor in the crash.
Gates' husband, Fremont Selectman Don Gates, a retired state trooper, was hurt in the crash and was released after hospital treatment.
Fremont Selectman Eugene Cordes was driving. He and two other passengers, Beverly Brooks, a real estate agent, and Griffin Cordes, 17, both of Fremont, also were injured.
On Sept. 11 Marilyn Gates was supposed to be working aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which was crashed into the World Trade Center. She missed the flight to be with her father that day for a doctor's appointment.
"She knew them all, because that was her regular crew," her brother-in-law, Paul Porter, told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Gates also had worked as assignment editor at WMUR-TV in Manchester.
Services were planned for Friday and Saturday.
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