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Lightning Strike Fatality In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: July 11, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

At approximately 1:20 p.m. park staff were notified of a lighting strike that occurred on the Ute Crossing Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This area is located off of Trail Ridge Road between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. 

Eight people were affected by the lightning strike with a variety of injuries.  One woman died from her injuries.  Of the remaining seven, two were transported by ambulance and five transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center.    

No further information will be released today.      

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In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.