2nd fatal lightning strike in 2 days at Rocky Mountain National Park

Another visitor killed by lightning at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; 3 people are hospitalized

One man was killed and three others were injured by a lightning strike Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado on Saturday, not far from where one woman was killed and seven people injured by lightning on Friday.

Park rangers were notified about 3:50 p.m. of a lightning strike near the Rainbow Curve along Trail Ridge Road, according to Kyle Patterson, a spokeswoman for the park.

Four people were taken to Estes Park Medical Center, one of whom died en route, he said. Patterson on Sunday identified the man who died as Gregory Cardwell, 52, from Scottsbluff, Neb.

The woman who died after she was struck Friday has been identified as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Patterson said in an email.

She was hiking with her husband and a friend near the Ute Crossing Trail, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook, when lightning hit the area roughly 500 yards from the trail head. 

Her husband and friend were taken to the medical center by an ambulance. The other five victims, part of a local hiking group, transported themselves to the medical center.

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July 13, 9:35 a.m.: This story updated with the name of the man killed Saturday.

July 13, 1:05 a.m.: This story was updated to correct the reference to Kyle Patterson. The post previously incorrectly referred to her as a spokesman for the park.

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