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Lightning strikes injure 9 in Colo., 3 in Mont.

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WELLINGTON, Colo. -- A fire official says nine people working at a Colorado farm have been injured by lightning, two of them critically and four seriously.

Wellington Fire Protection District Chief Gary Green says the critically injured workers weren't responding appropriately to questions and had weak muscles, tingling or loss of feeling after the lightning strike Thursday, but everyone was breathing and had a pulse. He says three workers were able to leave in personal vehicles.

Also Thursday, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The National Park Service says the woman was taken to Estes Park Medical Center. Her condition wasn't immediately released.

In Montana, two adults and a child were injured Wednesday after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park. Officials at Kalispell Regional Medical Center say the three remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition.

The Associated Press

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