Runner Darren Foy, 40, from Southampton and his wife Sandra and their two children missed the explosions by just 30 minutes after he finished the marathon in three and half hours.
Speaking from the city, the chartered surveyor said:
There have been reports of two explosions near to the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the USA. More coverage of this story on the ITV National News website.
Two of three men killed in a car crash in Oxfordshire may have been American. Thames Valley Police are working with the US Embassy over the identities of a 57-year-old man and a 39-year-old man who died in the collision on the A4047 at Sandford-on-Thames last night.
A 31-year-old also died after a Mercedes E-class estate they were travelling in, crossed a verge on the nearside and struck two trees before rolling down an embankment. Two women passengers, a 37-year-old and a 29-year-old, remain in a stable condition at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
PC Martin Mann said: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which three people sadly died and two others were injured and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision."
More than 150 paratroopers from the UK and US have parachuted together onto Salisbury plain. Soldiers from the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment joined forces with members of the US Army based in North Carolina.
They jumped in each others equipment from a Hercules C130 aircraft. The opportunity to parachute in another nation’s parachute equipment allows the soldier to wear that country’s coveted wings.