Lightning strikes injure Colorado residents

By: KKCO 11 News Desk Email
By: KKCO 11 News Desk Email

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) -- A lightning strike that sent 11 Colorado farmworkers to hospitals is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The 11 workers were among 15 people in Colorado and Montana who were hurt by lightning strikes Thursday.

Wellington Fire Protection District chief Gary Green said two farm workers were still in the hospital Friday. Nine others were treated at hospitals after lightning struck near them Thursday as they tried to seek shelter in a field north of Fort Collins, Colo.

Also Thursday, a 65-year-old woman struck by lightning near a trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park was taken to a hospital.

In Montana, three people injured by a lightning strike Thursday in Glacier National Park while hiking also were hospitalized.

None of the victims has been identified.

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