Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

One killed, one injured in lightning strike

One killed, one injured in lightning strike

The 37-year-old woman and the 15-year-old girl were riding on a community equestrian trail on Rainbow Creek Road when the lightning bolt struck, Douglas Country Sheriff's deputies told Fox 31. The teenager was found conscious and breathing.

A lightning strike killed a woman and an award-winning horse during a storm in Colorado on Sunday, authorities said. She was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, although her condition has improved, the release said.

The teenage girl was a family friend of the woman who died.

The Sheriff's Office says that the two were horseback riding on a trail near the town of Sedalia when the strike happened.

A third rider, the mother of the 37-year-old woman, was far enough away at the time and uninjured.

Colorado has been one of the top states for lightning deaths in the United States over the past decade.

Lightning can be nearly impossible to predict exactly where it will strike, according to the WATE 6 On Your Side Storm Team.

If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts.

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