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LSU student barely dodges Brussels terror attacks

William Pietri celebrates with his dog after returning home from a frightening trip to Europe. (Source: William Pietri | Twitter) William Pietri celebrates with his dog after returning home from a frightening trip to Europe. (Source: William Pietri | Twitter)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

An LSU student is safely back in Baton Rouge after a close call in Brussels during the terrorist attacks.

William Peitri and his mother were travelling through Europe on their way to Brussels the morning of the blasts.

Their train was scheduled to arrive at the Brussels metro station, where a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device killing over a dozen people.

Pietri counts himself as incredibly lucky. He says he missed an earlier train that could have put him and his mom at the station at the precise time of the blast.

"The plan that night was to wake up super early and take the first train out to Bruges. But we had to stop in Brussels, and that's where we have to switch trains," Pietri said. "Thank God we actually ran late, we both couldn't wake up early enough to catch the first train, otherwise we might have been at the station when the bomb went off."

Because transportation in the city was shut down, he and his mom took a taxi cab three-and-half hours back to Amsterdam and caught a flight home.

He says he will never forget the scene he left in Brussels.

"They had military men and police all over the city, I mean with rifles. Even just walking, you would see them everywhere. And what was crazy was it wasn't anything new to the citizens of Belgium," Pietri said.

More than 30 people were killed in the attacks. More than 270 were wounded, some gravely.

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