3 sisters struck by lightning near Kamas; 2 transported by helicopter

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KAMAS, Utah, Aug. 4, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Three sisters were transported to hospitals Friday after being struck by lightning in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, near Kamas.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:50 p.m. near Lily Lake, Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said in a news conference.

The children are ages 2, 7 and 8, Martinez said. The sisters were fishing with their father and mother, and the family lay on the ground under a tree to try to escape the lightning. The two older daughters were struck in the back with exit wounds near their hips, and their father revived them by doing CPR, Martinez said.

The two older girls were transported to a Salt Lake City hospital by air ambulance in critical condition, Martinez said. The 2-year-old is in fair condition and was taken to a hospital in Wyoming by ground ambulance.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

Lilly Lake’s location is pinpointed in red. image: Google Maps

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