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Lightning Kills Man in Rockies, Second Death in Two Days

Lightning fatally struck in Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday for the second time in as many days, killing one person and injuring at least three people near where another woman died in a lightning strike Friday, a park official said.

A group of people were struck by lightning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rainbow Curve area along Trail Ridge Road about 11,000 feet up, and one man died on the way to a nearby medical center, Rocky Mountain National Park said in a statement. Three others were injured and transported by ambulance to the hospital, but others in the area may also have been hurt and sought treatment on their own.

On Friday, Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed and seven others were hurt when lightning struck on the Ute Crossing Trail at roughly 11,400 feet up, the park said.

Image: People walk near the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo
People walk near the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., in 2003. Lightning struck near Trail Ridge Road Saturday, killing one and injuring three, in the second deadly strike in that area in two days. A lightning strike Friday killed a woman and hurt seven others. Kevin Moloney / Getty Images

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