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Texas Runner Joe Berti Witnesses Both Boston Bombings and Texas Blast

Joe Berti must have one very special guardian angel.

On Monday, the Austin, Texas runner and dad of two young girls competed in the Boston Marathon, finishing the race just moments before two bombs detonated near the finish line. The 43-year-old runner escaped without injuries, and his wife, who was cheering him on near the , was also uninjured. Then only two days later, after Berti returned to Texas, he witnessed the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, while driving near Waco.

"It's a miracle," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "People keep saying, 'Don't you feel unlucky?' and I was actually the opposite — saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch."

Three people lost their lives in the Boston Marathon bombings, and more than 180 were wounded. Following the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, authorities have recovered 12 bodies and more than 200 people have been injured.

While Berti and his wife Amy consider themselves very lucky to have made it through both terrible events, they are of course saddened about the many who were not so lucky.

"We're grateful that God has been merciful to us," said Amy. "We are just praying for the people who were so much less fortunate than we were."

Source: The Associated Press (via Newsday)

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04.20.2013 / 12:12 AM EDT by Leslie Pandey
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