Nicole Gross (right), 31, an Ellicott City native, was standing alongside her sister Erika Brannock (left), 29, a Towson preschool teacher and Cockeysville resident, in front of the Lens Crafters store near the finish line, waiting for their mother Carol Downing (center) to arrive. Gross sustained two broken legs and other serious injuries. Michael Gross, her husband, who was nearby, suffered cuts and burns. Brannock, who suffered the worst injuries of the three, had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
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