Wallsend Olympic star safe after being in Boston at time of bombings

Wallsend-born athlete Ross Murray has told of his shock at being in Boston at the time two bombs exploded near the end of the city’s popular marathon.

Three people have died and more than 140 injured, some in a critical condition, after the two explosions just yards from the finish line yesterday (Monday) as athletes completed the 26-mile course, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

Witnesses reported seeing some people losing limbs in the explosions while others were trapped under debris.

Footage from the scene showed the ground covered in blood, glass and debris as emergency crews and race stewards worked to treat the injured.

Ross, from Wallsend but training in London, had been in US city competing in the Invitational Mile race on Sunday, finishing second, in the build up to the Boston Marathon.

And just before the bombs exploded four hours nine minutes into the race, the 22-year-old posted a picture on social networking site Twitter with one of the marathon athletes he had met.

After the bombs detonated, Ross went back on Twitter to reassure family, friends and fans that he was ok.

He said: “Just so everyone knows, I’m ok and well, wasn’t around the bombs.

“In the hotel, most seem ok but a few seem shaken up. Witnesses a few very relieved families meeting up and realised they’re all ok.”

Ross, who was due to fly back home today (Tuesday), added: “Say some prayers for the others here too. Some people are pretty shaken up.”