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Three Visitors Believed to be Hit by Lightning
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
Three individuals, a male age 23 , a female age 23 and a child are believed to have been struck by lightning late this afternoon as they were hiking on the St. Mary Falls Trail on the east side of the Glacier National Park. It is unknown if they are a family unit.
Park dispatch received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. from a park interpretive ranger reporting that a group of hikers was believed to have been hit by lightning on the St. Mary Falls Trail. The group was approximately three quarters of a mile from the trail head. Bystanders at the scene initiated CPR as park rangers responded to the scene.
The child was airlifted to Kalispell via ALERT and Glacier County Ambulance transported the two adult patients to Kalispell. ALERT returned and rendezvoused with the ambulance to transport the male patient and the ambulance continued on to Kalispell with the female patient.
A weather system, including wind and rain, moved through the area quickly during the late afternoon.
The condition of the three individuals is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Did you know that eight inches of snow fell during one night in Glacier's high country in August, 2005? The weather forced hundreds of backpackers out of the backcountry.