2 struck by lightning at Dead Horse Point State Park

A view from Dead Horse State Park from this undated photo. Grand County Emergency Medical Services said two people were struck by lightning at the park on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

A view from Dead Horse State Park from this undated photo. Grand County Emergency Medical Services said two people were struck by lightning at the park on Thursday, June 24, 2021. (Faith Heaton Jolley)



MOAB — Two people were listed in "critical but stable" condition after they were struck by lightning at Dead Horse Point State Park on Thursday, Grand County Emergency Medical Services officials said.

Emergency crews received a report that two people were struck by lightning at the West Rim Trail of the state park shortly after 5:30 p.m., according to the agency. Officials added that bystanders provided initial aid to the two people before paramedics were able to arrive on scene about 30 minutes after the call came in.

The two, who were not identified, were taken by ambulance to Moab Regional Hospital before they were flown to another hospital with the ability to handle higher trauma care. Grand County EMS officials did not say which hospital that was.

A Grand County sheriff's deputy and a pair of emergency medical technicians from Canyonlands National Park assisted in the call at the park.

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