Friday 23 March 2018

Nine struck by lightning in 'crazy' storm

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. But as a group of farm workers found out, it may strike many people at the same time.

Nine people working in an open field at a farm in northern Colorado were injured by a single lightning strike on Thursday afternoon. Gary Green, fire protection district chief for the town of Wellington, near Fort Collins, said the workers had been outside during a "crazy lightning storm" when they were struck shortly after 3pm.

Two of the nine were critically injured: semi-conscious, unable to walk, and "in a significantly altered mental state", Mr Green said. He added it was "very unusual" for so many people to be struck at once. In February, nine children in South Africa were taken to hospital after lightning struck their school cricket pitch.

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