2 injured in Zion National Park lightning strike

Emerald Pools Trail. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two people were taken to an area hospital in stable condition after a tree was struck by lightning in Zion National Park, which caused a limb to fall onto them, officials said.

A man and a woman were injured on Emerald Pools Trail Thursday afternoon, said Aly Baltrus, park spokeswoman. Baltrus said lightning struck a cottonwood tree causing one of its limbs, measuring 8 inches in diameter, fell on the hikers.

The exact nature of their injuries is not known.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as information becomes available.

For tips on lightning safety from the National Park Service, click here.

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