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Two Fort Carson soldiers remain hospitalized after Colorado lightning strike

August 1, 2013 Updated: August 1, 2013 at 11:10 am
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Two Fort Carson soldiers remained hospitalized and 10 were treated and released Thursday, following a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon south of the Butts Army Airfield.

Dani Johnson, media relations chief at Fort Carson, said two soldiers were being treated at Memorial Hospital, one in serious but stable condition, and the other in stable condition.

Ten soldiers were treated at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson and released by Thursday.

Johnson said the 12 soldiers in the 52nd engineer battalion were conducting a training exercise around 2:45 p.m. when they were notified of lightning in the area.

"They were in the process of getting to shelter but the storm moved very quickly and the lightning struck very close to them," Johnson said. "Luckily, there were medics on site and the soldiers received first-aid emergency treatment immediately."

The injured soldiers, part of a group of about 350 involved in the training, were only about 20 yards from the tent when the lightning hit between them and the tent.

Johnson said the soldiers' families were notified but declined to release any further details about the soldiers' identities, or what types of injuries they sustained.

"This was a very unfortunate event, but they were all lucky not to have been struck directly," Johnson said. "The fact that the paramedics were on site made all the difference."

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