Lightning strikes, kills 17-year-old in northern Arizona

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2016 11:35 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Humphreys Peak in northern Arizona.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say a group of three hikers called 911 dispatchers shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident during a heavy monsoon storm in the Flagstaff area.

A sheriff's spokeswoman released a statement saying a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. Both were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them.

She says emergency responders had been delayed due to continuous lightning on the San Francisco Peaks.

The three hikers are from Tempe. No other information was released about the victims.