Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, was no more than 100 feet away from where one of two reported explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon occurred April 15.
“Luckily, we had left the scene before it happened because my son had finished,” Hartwig tells PC360.
Hartwig’s son, Jordan, took part in the marathon wearing Army fatigues with 45 lbs. of gear on his back as part of a fundraiser with the Syracuse ROTC to benefit injured veterans.
He marched across the finish line at around 1:15 p.m. as Hartwig and his wife watched near the corner of Boylston and Exerter streets.
The explosions reportedly happened more than an hour later.
“I’m telling you we were not more than 100 feet away from that explosion,” Hartwig says. He tweeted about his close call, saying he, his son and wife were OK--and posted his number to talk about potential insurance angles.
According to various news reports, two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line. The Associated Press reports competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. Injured spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
Reports as of late April 15 say two people died and more than 20 were injured from the blast.
“It doesn’t appear to have been caused by an accident,” says Hartwig, who remembers seeing hundreds of police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs at the scene.
“It certainly seems as if they took every precaution,” he adds.
Insurance implications of the incident are not known since so much information surrounding the events today in Boston are likewise not known. However, Hartwig says it looks like damage to property was light. Available video shows some window damage to buildings near of the blasts.
njured public safety and marathon workers would certainly be covered by workers compensation, Hartwig adds.