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Two days, two lightning deaths in Colorado national park

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Two days, two lightning deaths in Colorado national park

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 13, 2014

Two people were killed in two days this weekend after being struck by lightning at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Both were hit while on trails off Trail Ridge Road at elevations marked at 10,829 and 11,400 feet.

"On Friday, lightning hit eight people on the Ute Crossing Trail, about 500 feet from the trailhead," Kyle Patterson, park public information officer, tells CNN. One woman in that group, Rebecca R. Teihet, 42, of Ohio, died on the scene. Two others in that group, including Teihet's husband, were taken to a hospital by air ambulance. The other five transported themselves to the medical facility.

"On Saturday afternoon, lightning hit four people near Rainbow Curve trail, Patterson told CNN. They were taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center where one man died."

Prior to this weekend, the last park death from lightning was reported in 2000.