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Hiker In Rocky Mtn. Nat’l Park Struck By Lightning

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Image from a Colorado Getaways feature on the national park on Sept. 2, 2011 (credit: CBS)

Image from a Colorado Getaways feature on the national park on Sept. 2, 2011 (credit: CBS)

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ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4)- A woman was struck by lightning while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday afternoon.

The 65-year-old woman was found about 100 yards from the Ute Crossing Trailhead on Trail Ridge Road about one mile above Rainbow Curve.

The woman was rescued by park staff and Estes Park EMS down the trail to an awaiting ambulance that took her to the Estes Park Medical Center.

When emergency personnel arrived there were still active storms in the area with intense lightning activity.

Lighting is a significant hazard in the Colorado Rockies, particularly during the summer months when thunderstorms are most prevalent and in areas located above tree line where shelter is limited.

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