A WIGAN woman caught up in the hellish aftermath of the Boston bombings has told how she escaped being at the blast scene by just minutes.
Leonora Anson from Standish, her sister-in-law Nicola Nuttall and 13-year-old niece Laura Nuttall, were about to head to the finish line from their nearby hotel when two explosions caused carnage.
Three people were killed – including two children – and 176 injured in the atrocity.
Leonora, the 31-year-old ward sister at Wigan Infirmary’s cancer care suite, said that five minutes later and the three of them would have been right at the heart of the blasts.
She said: “We cannot believe how lucky we are. That could so easily have been us caught up in it all.”
The three were in America because Nicola, from Barrowford near Nelson, had been due to take part in the marathon itself.
On the eve of their departure, though, she was advised by her doctor not to run because of a back injury. But as they had paid for the flights they decided to go anyway.
Leonora said: “At one point I was going to run as a subsititute for my sister-in-law but we decided against it.
“We were just getting into the lift to leave the hotel for the race when a man stopped us and said, ‘You weren’t planning on going to the marathon, were you?’ We said ‘yes’ and he said, ‘Well don’t, two bombs have just gone off.’
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