Former WKTV Reporter Susan Tran Reflects On Boston Marathon Bombings, Says She Thought Of Utica And The Boilermaker
Former WKTV reporter Susan Tran was heavily involved in NBC’s coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings on Monday, joining First News with Keeler in the Morning to share her experience.
Tran, now with WHDH TV in Boston, was getting to leave for work when the incident unfolded, she said.
”I heard a loud boom, then I heard a second one. We live in the city, I thought a truck backfired or something.
”I continued on to go to work, and then outside the people I saw looked shell shocked. I asked someone what happened and she told me a bomb went off near the finish line. I grabbed my bag and started toward the scene,” Tran said.
”I ended up one street over on Huntington. This is just about 3:10, or 3:15. We just kept hearing sirens, fire trucks, ambulances, police officers telling us to move. Cell towers were down, so I was calling work and about every fourth call was able to get through.,” Tran said.
Her station officials told her to try to get to the broadcast locations they had setup for the race because they weren’t going to be able to get to her.
”I’ve been thinking about Utica, just imagine. It’s a holiday in Boston, school are out and everyone line the streets, it sounds exactly like the Boilermaker.”
At the end of the day, Tran said she had to walk home.
”It was eery to walk Boston. That area is usually so busy, especially on Marathon Monday…there were all these bags, that had been left by runners.”
”I got home and gave my husband a big hug and kiss. I had to relive a couple of moments with him and needed to decompress,” Tran said.