“I was there at the finish, shooting finish line scenes, and then bang, it just went off, and then less than 15 to 20 seconds after there was a second explosion, closer to Fairfield Street. It was just immediately [evident] there were injuries, right in the middle of the spectator crowds. There was blood
everywhere; there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg, people are crying, people are confused.’’
“The [medical] tent sections were cordoned off and labeled: triage, triage II, and morgue.
In the triage area closest to the ambulances, half a dozen wounded runners were visible. One woman had her head wrapped in a bandage. Two others had large wraps over their legs.
There were ‘a lot of lower leg injuries,’ said Boston Athletic Association head nurse Jeanette Corsini. ‘Obviously some pretty horrific injuries. . . . Thank God, Boston EMS was here. But I think everyone fell right into place and did what they needed to do. This isn’t something you prepare for.’
The section labeled morgue was blocked from view.’’