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    Monday, July 22, 2024

    Half-dozen people in Conn. taken to hospital after lightning strikes over past couple days

    Fans walk past signs as play is suspended due to weather during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Friday, June 21, 2024, in Cromwell, Conn. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday after lightning struck a tree near a home along a golf course that is hosting the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in Cromwell, according to the Associated Press.

    The home is just north of the fifth green at TPC River Highlands, which is hosting the tournament one week after the U.S. Open.

    Cromwell Police started getting 911 calls around 4:30 p.m. about a lightning strike. When first responders arrived, they found a tree that had been hit and three people who were near it.

    Cromwell Fire Department Chief Jason Brade said in a statement that an emergency medical crew treated two people and took them to the hospital for further evaluation. He did not elaborate on their condition. A third person refused treatment.

    Journal Inquirer reported four people in Voluntown were transported to a local hospital Friday evening after an apparent lightning strike at a private campground, according to the facility's manager.

    Nathan Lazourack, a manager at Natures Campsites on Ekonk Hill Road, said the lighting strike occurred as a thunderstorm passed through the area.

    Lazourack said he was not sure if the campers were directly struck, but said emergency crews responded and transported them to a hospital. He said the campground was not damaged.

    Local officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment and have not confirmed the incident.

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