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Lightning Strikes Injure 10 in Colo., 3 in Mont.

July 18, 2013

By The Associated Press

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WELLINGTON, Colo. - A fire official says nine people working at a Colorado farm have been injured by lightning, two of them critically and four seriously.

Wellington Fire Protection District Chief Gary Green says the critically injured workers weren`t responding appropriately to questions and had weak muscles, tingling or loss of feeling after the lightning strike Thursday, but everyone was breathing and had a pulse. He says three workers were able to leave in personal vehicles.

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

The National Park Service says the woman was taken to Estes Park Medical Center. Her condition wasn`t immediately released.

In Montana, two adults and a child were injured Wednesday after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park. Officials at Kalispell Regional Medical Center say the three remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition.

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Story Image: This file photo submitted by WeatherBug user Steven Chapman shows lightning during a night thunderstorms near Wilmington, N.C., on June 27, 2013.

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