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(WMC-TV) – One runner from the Mid-South was just yards away from the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon when bombs went off.

Roger McMillin is from New Albany, Mississippi, and was literally sandwiched in between the explosions.  He saw the first bomb go off right in front of him, and heard the second explosion behind him as he was evacuated across the finish line.

McMillin was right there.

"I mean the end was in sight," he said. "I was just getting ready to cross the finish line when the first bomb went off."

Delirious from his 26 mile run, McMillin had no idea what was unfolding in front of him. He just knew he was about 100 yards away from the finish line. McMillin says it was the second bomb that forced runners to finish the race.

"They evacuated us across the finish line so I got a finish time electronically," he said.

The clock shows that it's 4 hours, 9 minutes and 44 seconds into the race at the time of the first explosion.

McMillin crossed at 4 hours, 10 minutes and 16 seconds, about 30 seconds after the blast.

"It's really sort of frightening to think about it to know it's right there sandwiched between two explosions."

Watching emergency crews carry dozens of injured people away on stretchers and wheelchairs, McMillin frantically searched for his daughter, Sally, who was on her way to the finish line after seeing her dad around the 21st mile. After about 45 minutes the two were reunited in their hotel. McMillin feels blessed to be alive as he thinks about what he watched.

"To do something like this to turn such a great event into such a great tragedy is just traumatic," he said.

McMillin says he and others in the running community haven't heard of any injuries to folks from the Mid-South as they were checking around tonight. He's planning to head back to Mississippi Tuesday.

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