Scottsbluff man killed after being struck by lightning in Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park


A Scottsbluff man was the victim of a fatal lightning strike Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park, the second person to be killed by lightning in two days in the park.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says 52-year old Gregory Cardwell was hit directly by the lightning about 3:30 p.m. Saturday near Rainbow Curve, a spot at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road, the nation's highest continuously paved road.

Cardwell was one of 13 people injured by the strike and taken to Estes Park Medical Center. Doctors at the hospital told KUSA-TV in Denver that rangers and first responders administered CPR on Cardwell, who was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. Cardwell was a popular Schwann's delivery driver in the local area.

Officials have not released the names, hometowns, or conditions of the other 12 hikers hurt in the lightning strike, but all had been released from the hospital Saturday evening.

Patterson says the lightning strike was in the same generally area as one about 24 hours earlier that killed 42-year old Rebecca Teilhet of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The deaths of Cardwll and Teihlet were the first in Rocky Mountain National Park in 14 years. Previously, the last lightning fatality was a technical climber who was struck on Longs Peak in 2000.

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