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12 hurt, 1 dead in lightning strike in Rocky Mountain National Park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Twelve people were hurt and one male was killed by lightning Saturday afternoon, just a day after a woman was killed in another strike at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Saturday strike happened about 3:30 p.m. at a viewing area in the Rainbow Curve portion of the park, a spokesman said. A group of tourists was at an overlook point near the timberline when lightning struck, Hill said. One person was reportedly thrown over the side, suffering significant bumps and bruises.

Eight patients were at Estes Park Medical Center as of 6:15 p.m., according to spokesperson Kerrie Hill. Four other people were believed to be in triage at the scene.

Aside from one male who died at the hospital, the victims’ conditions were not known.

One group affected by the strike was a family from Phoenix, Ariz.

According to emergency radio traffic, heavy rain may also have damaged some roads in the area.

Friday’s strike killed one woman and injured seven other people. That strike occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail, officials said.  The people were all Colorado residents hiking together.

Four of the surviving victims were treated and released. The other three remained hospitalized, but were expected to recover.

The deceased woman was identified as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.