Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) A man whose wife was killed by lightning says he doesn't remember hearing or feeling anything when the bolt struck while they were hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park - only waking up to see a friend trying to revive her.

Forty-two-year-old Rebecca Teilhet (TELL'-het) of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was one of two people killed by lightning last weekend in the popular park.

She died Friday on a high-elevation trail. Her husband, Justin, and six others were injured.

On Saturday, 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was killed by lightning a few miles away at a high-elevation viewpoint beside Trail Ridge Road. Three others were injured.

Officials say those were the first lightning deaths in the park since 2000.

Thunderstorms occur in the park almost daily during the peak travel months of summer, and many produce lightning.


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