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Nine struck by lightning on Colorado farm

July 18, 2013|By Devin Kelly

Nine people working on a northern Colorado farm were struck by lightning during a fast-moving storm on Thursday, a fire official said.

Two people were critically injured, four seriously, said Gary Green, chief of the Wellington Fire Protection District. The group was working in an open field at the time.  

While none of the injuries were life-threatening, the critically injured patients were “in a significant altered mental state” and were not responding appropriately to questions, Green said. They also reported weakness, numbness and tingling throughout their bodies.

Green said it was "very unusual" for so many people to be struck at once.  

Elsewhere in the state, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, according to reports. Her condition was not immediately known. 

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devin.kelly@latimes.com

Twitter: @devckelly


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