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North Kingstown family near finish line as bombs explode

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

Runner Frank Coseglia of North Kingstown flips through pictures of Mondays' Boston Marathon. They are the happy memories. The ones before the bombs exploded.

"You saw the smoke going up and everyone was kind of like what just happened?" said Coseglia.

Two separate explosions shook the streets of Boston. Coseglia had just crossed the finish line less than 10 minutes before the bombs went off.  He was on the phone making plans to meet up with his wife and children who were blocks away.

"I know she was safe because I was talking with her [his wife]. That for me was very comforting," said Coseglia.

As everyone fled the area Coseglia's daughter, Courtney, lent her phone to a frantic runner. The girl was shaking so badly she couldn't even dial.

"She was running in the marathon and had nothing on her. She didn't know where her family was," said Courtney, 23.

The call didn't go through. Cell phone service in the city was jammed. Later that night Courtney called the number back to make sure the girl was okay.

"Finally someone answered. It was her mom," said Courtney. "She said 'yeah, we found her."

The Coseglia family happy to help another who like them made it out safe and sound.

A woman who goes to the same gym as the Coseglia's was injured in the blast. The Rhode Island woman is one of more than 180 wounded in the bombing.

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