Multiple people injured by lightning strikes at Grand Canyon

Jul 21, 2021, 11:00 AM | Updated: 1:32 pm
(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)...
(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)
(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)

PHOENIX — Multiple people were injured Tuesday after being struck by lightning at the Grand Canyon, authorities said.

Grand Canyon National Park officials received a report at about 2:50 p.m. that a 30-year-old man and 28-year-old woman had been struck at the Bright Angel trailhead.

Both were initially found unresponsive, but the man was able to regain consciousness on his own. The woman was revived using CPR, park officials said in a press release.

The victims were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for further evaluation, and the woman is in stable condition at a regional burn center.

At least two other people were admitted to the Grand Canyon Clinic with lightning injuries, but they weren’t hit by a direct strike.

About 25,000 lightning strikes occur in Grand Canyon National Park per year, park officials said.

Visitors are reminded to seek shelter in a building or vehicle during storms that have lightning.

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