(BOSTONHERALD) — Runners who had just finished their 26.2-mile ordeal, already on the verge of collapse, were stunned and shocked by the explosions that rocked the finish line this afternoon. …

A runner in his mid-30s who said he was an Army veteran from Maryland said, “I’ve lived through Afghanistan five times and Iraq twice. I can’t believe it happened here.”

Alicia Shambo, 51, of Hopkinton was handing out Mylar blankets at the finish line when the explosion occurred.

Shambo, a former U.S. Navy medic, said she rushed to get people to safety.

“The extent of the injuries is just horrible,” Shambo told the Herald outside Tufts Medical Center emergency room. “Extremities just dangling.”

Shambo said she aided a 20-something female who had shrapnel lodged in her lower leg.

“She is going to be OK,” said Shambo. “I can’t say that for everybody.”.

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