Boston Marathon blasts: Reports of 2 fatalities

2013-04-15 22:13
Medical responders rush an injured man past the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions. (Picture: Charles Krupa, AP)

Medical responders rush an injured man past the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions. (Picture: Charles Krupa, AP)

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Boston - Fox news reported on Monday that at least two people were killed after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The website said that there were dozens of people injured - including up to 10 with amputated limbs.

"Somebody's leg flew by my head," Fox reported a spectator, who gave his name as John Ross, as telling the Boston Herald.

"I gave my belt to stop the blood," he reportedly said.

Fox also reported that another unexploded device was found near the scene.

Meanwhile, AP reported that competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos.

Bloodied spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

"There are a lot of people down," said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina.

He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the national flags lining the route of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon.

TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

"There are people who are really, really bloody," said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions. "They were pulling them into the medical tent."

Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.

"I was expecting my husband any minute," she said. "I don't know what this building is... it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere.

Something hit my head. I don't know what it was. I just ducked."

Runners who had not finished the race were diverted straight down Commonwealth Avenue and into a family meeting area, according to an emergency plan that had been in place.

The nearby Prudential Tower, the city's second-tallest building with a shopping mall on the ground, was evacuated, according to media reports.
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