Jul 31, 2013 7:28 PM by Kirsten Bennett

12 Fort Carson soldiers hospitalized after lightning strike

One soldier is in critical condition, 11 others injured after a lightning strike south of the Butts Army Airfield Wednesday afternoon.

Fort Carson says the twelve soldiers were conducting training when they heard the weather reports. Training was suspended and the soldiers were in the process of seeking shelter when they were struck.

One soldier was sent via Flight for Life to Memorial Hospital, one was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and the other 10 soldiers were transported via ambulance to Evans Army Community Hospital. One soldier at Memorial Hospital remains in critical condition and the remaining 11 soldiers are in stable condition.

As of 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, 5 soldiers have been released from the hospital. Fort Carson officials confirm that none of the soldiers were directly struck by lightening. 

The injuries of the soldier who remains in critical condition are not yet known. 

Stay with News 5 and for any new updates. 


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