Freak lightning strikes in U.S. park kill two in two days


Lightning has been blamed for the death of a visitor to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park for the second day in a row.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says officials were notified Saturday of four people being struck by lightning near Trail Ridge Road.

The four were rushed to a hospital, Patterson said, but 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, died of his injuries.

On Friday, park officials said that lightning had killed one woman and injured seven other people. That incident also occurred near Trail Ridge , which is the highest continuously paved road in the U.S.

Patterson says they are the park’s first lightning fatalities since 2000.

A news release from the national park identified the woman who died on Friday as 42-year-old Rebecca R. Teilhet.