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Bozeman runner safe, unharmed after Monday's marathon bombing

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 11:42:07 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 16 2013 04:51:23 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

John and Kay Andrews told NBC Montana their son Neal Andrews texted them saying he was safe and unharmed by the Boston Marathon bombings Monday.

"I immediately called him and then he began to tell me what he knew," said Kay Andrews.

The Andrews told us their son was resting at a local restaurant a few blocks from the finish line when the bombs went off. NBC Montana talked with marathon runner Neal about what he experienced Monday.

"There was a lot of pedestrian traffic at the time just people at the time trying to get away from the scene. There was a lot of confusion, people trying to figure out what was going on," said Neal Andrews.

Cell phone service was shut down, but after it returned Neal's phone and thousands of others in Boston began to ring.

"Actually a friend of his sent him a text, asking him if he was OK," said Kay Andrews.

NBC Montana talked to Neal on the phone Monday night. Neal told us he caught a bus to New York City an hour before transportation shutdowns began.

Back at home, John and Kay Andrews told NBC Montana their phone wouldn't stop ringing with concerned family and friends asking about Neal's safety.

"We've been getting calls all afternoon," said Kay Andrews.

The Andrews say as parents they are grateful their son is OK, but still concerned about what might happen next.

"You start watching TV, and you're worried their might be a follow-up bombing. As a parent that's one of the things you worry about," said John Andrews.

The Andrews told NBC Montana their son Neal is expected home Wednesday.

The Andrews say they will rest better Monday night knowing their son is safe, but are anxiously awaiting his return home to Bozeman.