Kansas City runner Greg Hall said the Boston streets were largely chaotic Monday after an explosion that ripped through the crowd at the end of the world-famous marathon in the city.
“What a tragic ending to an absolutely gorgeous day and event,” Hall told The Star from Boston.
The 58-year old marathoner said he crossed the finish line about 30 minutes before the explosion. He estimated that half of the 27,000 people in the race had not completed the marathon’s course when the explosion hit.
“Everything has frozen and stopped,” he said. “You can’t get in or out. Traffic is just snarled. There are emergency vehicles everywhere.”
Hall said 125 runners in the popular race were from the Kansas City area. He did not know if any of them were hurt in the incident.
Hall spoke with The Star as sirens sounded in the background. He said tents set up to treat runners who suffered injuries during the marathon are now being used to treat victims of the explosion.
“They’re set up to handle a great number of people who possibly were injured,” he said.