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7 youth hikers taken to Utah hospitals after lightning hits ground near group

Seven members of a youth group hiking in Utah were taken to hospitals Thursday after lightning struck near them.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth group of Salina, Utah, was in eastern Sevier County around 1:45 p.m. when a light rain began and lightning struck, Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said in a statement .

“About 50 youths felt the shock of the lightning,” said Curtis, who added that seven of the youths “had medical problems as a result of the electrocution.”

Two had severe symptoms and were flown by helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital in Lehi, Utah. Five others were transported by ambulance to Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield and Gunnison Valley Hospital in Gunnison, Curtis said.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to Curtis, who said the other hikers had been returned to their families in Salina, 140 miles (223 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

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