Five still hospitalized from lightning strikes

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) _ Five people remain hospitalized following lightning strikes in Colorado and Montana.

Wellington Fire Protection District chief Gary Green said Friday two farm workers are still in the hospital and nine others were treated at local hospitals after a lightning bolt struck near them on Thursday as they tried to seek shelter in a field north of Fort Collins, Colo.

Three people injured by a lightning strike in Glacier National Park in Montana while hiking are also hospitalized.

A 65-year-old woman who was struck by lightning near a trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park was transferred from Estes Park Medical Center to another hospital and her condition was not released.

None of the victims have been identified.

Region 23 Emergency Management Director Jerry Bretthauer says if you hear thunder or observe lightning take shelter if you are on a golf course, beach or in the water. He says to make sure you are not standing at the high point in an open area and stay away from trees. Even if you are home you need to stay away from windows, don't use electrical devices, and stay off of phones.

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