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2 killed, 1 injured by lightning strike near Jacob Lake

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - Jul 24th, 2013 @ 2:25pm

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Fredonia ARIZ. — Two people were killed and another injured after lightning struck a sightseeing area near Jacob Lake Tuesday afternoon.

A group of people were standing near the LeFevre Scenic Overlook along Highway 89 when a bolt of lightning struck in the area around 3 p.m., according to officials from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

A man and his wife were struck by the lightning and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. Eyewitnesses reported the incident, and the couple were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The couple were visiting the United States, and their names have not been released pending notification of the family.

A male child was also struck by the lightning and was knocked to the ground. He was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, and then he was transported to a local hospital by Kane County Utah Medical Transport. The child was not associated with the two deceased victims, and was traveling with several adult guardians at the time of the incident.

The investigation is being continued by the Coconino Sheriff's Office and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Faith Heaton Jolley

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