Lightning Strike Kills Woman on Horseback and Her Horse

A teen rider was also seriously injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2017 8:34 PM CDT
Horseback Rider, Horse Killed by Lightning in Colorado
Horses graze in a pasture.   (Ellen F. O'Connell/Hazleton Standard-Speaker via AP)

A 37-year-old woman was killed by a lightning strike as she rode her horse on a trail in Sedalia, Colo. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was riding along Rainbow Creek Road with a 15-year-old girl when lightning hit them at 3:24pm Sunday. They were on their way to meet the woman's mother, reports the AP. The office says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene along with her horse. The girl was taken in serious condition to a nearby hospital. The office did not release the names of the woman or the girl. It says both were residents of the neighborhood and experienced horseback riders. (More lightning stories.)

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