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Updated: May 18, 2013 6:47AM

A Highland woman, just moments after watching her daughter cross the finish line, suffered serious leg injuries when explosions ripped through the crowd of spectators Monday during the Boston Marathon.

Rebecca Roche said her mother, Beth Roche, suffered a compound fracture of her leg and a fractured knee cap in one of the twin blasts.

Beth and Ken Roche had secured seats at the finish line. Ken was on crutches because his foot was broken, a family friend said.

“They had been talking about going to watch their daughter run for two or three weeks,” said Wally Richardson of Highland, whose wife works with Beth Roche, an office manager at the Audiology and Imaging Center in Munster.

“We knew Ken broke his foot and was on crutches and they got seats near the VIP section by the finish line, so when it went off, everybody got very concerned,” Richardson said.

“Then we started seeing her picture on television,” he said of Beth Roche. “There wasn’t a lot of sleep last night.”

Richardson said Roche underwent surgery late Tuesday at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. “It didn’t look good going in, but coming out, it looks like she’ll be fine and immobilized for eight to nine weeks.”

A runner, Beth Roche completed the Chicago Marathon in October.

Rebecca Roche, a Highland High graduate who has a degree in pharmacy, appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, recalling her thoughts when the blasts went off. She works near Boston as a medical information specialist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

“I thought the worst. I saw the smoke from both bombs and thought something terrible had happened,” Rebecca Roche told George Stephanopoulos. “It was chaotic. People were being pushed out of the way. ... We did our best to make it out of the area and back to our loved ones.”

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