Lightning hurts 12 soldiers at Fort Carson

FORT CARSON — A soldier is in critical condition after a lightning strike injured 12 soldiers at Fort Carson in Colorado.

Officials at the Army post near Colorado Springs say lightning struck south of the Butts Army Airfield around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. They say the soldiers had been in training, but were heading toward shelter when the lightning struck.

Army officials say the other soldiers are in stable condition.

The incident comes after 11 workers were struck by lightning July 18 at a northern Colorado farm.

Two of the workers in the organic fields in Wellington were critically injured, and nine others were treated at local hospitals.

Wellington Fire Protection District chief Gary Green has said the workers were preparing land for planting when a strong thunderstorm hit. Some of them were trying to reach shelter under a tractor, and others were heading for a vehicle when they were hit.


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