Next stop: terror
By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER Gladstone resident Daniel McCracken was only one train stop away from Kings Cross Station in London where one of seven bombs exploded on Thursday night (AEST).
The 24-year-old former Gladstone State High School student, who is working in commerce in London, was evacuated from Angel Train Station, shortly after a bomb exploded.
Mr McCracken then walked to Liverpool Station to catch another train only to find it was being evacuated after another bomb exploded.
In an email home yesterday he explained where he was at the time of the explosion.
"I live at Angel (inner north east ... this is where I was underground when the bomb went off at King's Cross),'' Mr McCracken said.
Despite the brevity of his email, he spoke to his parents, Ross and Thelma McCracken, for about 30 minutes yesterday.
"I was just watching the television when I first saw what had happened,'' his mother said.
"I knew he would be on his way to work on the tube because we were text messaging earlier about different things.
"I shot off a text message as soon as I knew something was happening.
"It took about 10 minutes to get a message from him saying he was all right.
"It was the longest 10 minutes of my life.''
Ross said he did not intend to try to convince Daniel to come home.
"The possibility (of a terrorist attack) is always in the back of your mind,'' Ross said.
"But you can't tell them not to go when it's their dream to live and work overseas.