South Bend student in Boston describes crowds moments before explosion

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

A South Bend native now attending Boston University said she was watching the marathon at the finish line, just before the bombs exploded.

The course for the Boston Marathon runs through the Boston University campus where Korynne Bolt is a senior.

Bolt had left the finish line to return home shortly before the bombs went off Monday afternoon. While at home, Bolt’s parents called to make sure she was alright, and that’s when her doorman told her about the tragic events.

“I was just in shock, because I'd seen a lot of families, babies and young kids all crowded around,” said Bolt, “There were places at the finish line in the crowd where you couldn't move at all, like we had to really push past people in order to get somewhere, and I can't imagine trying to evacuate that volume of people quickly.”

She added, “Part of me was a little relieved that I hadn't stuck around of course 2.39 but then I just felt helpless like I wish I could have done something.”

Bolt said Boston University officials urged all students to stay inside last night, and even cancelled a prayer vigil that evening for safety.

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