Shakopee, Minn: September 11, 2011 was “just another day” for Dan Hanson, 52, an ordinary truck driver from rural Minnesota. Then, while he was waiting for a bulldozer to be filled, Hanson began hearing reports from his truck’s radio of a plane hitting the World Trade Center's North Tower in New York City. He immediately sensed a shift, he said.
Driving back from Albertville, Minn. Hanson was struck by the way drivers had changed. “The traffic was slow and spread out,” he said. “Every was treating each other differently.”
Hanson said drivers were more courteous, more connected to those around them. “I believe it was the shock and the realization of how vulnerable we are,” he said. “September 11 slowed us down so that we could actually see each other”.
Though Hanson said that calm only lasted a few weeks, he knows that such an communal atmosphere could be created again, and not just after a national tragedy. Until then, Hanson said he’ll continue his life as a blue-collar, “ordinary”, truck driver.
“I’m just somebody else who is trying to feed my family and drive on the road.”
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Editor's Note: To mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Shakopee Patch is sharing the stories of a few local residents uniquely impacted by the tragedy. We've also linked to the Huffington Post's national 9/11 photo project, as well as coverage from other Minnesota Patch sites.