11 people injured by lightning strikes near of Fort Collins; Woman struck at RMNP

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DENVER — Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported.

The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said.

Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said.

A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area.

Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.