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Lightning Strikes 12 Fort Carson Soldiers, 1 Critical

FORT CARSON, Colo. (CBS4) – A dozen Fort Carson soldiers have been hospitalized after getting hit by lightning Wednesday afternoon.

Doppler 4000 indicated at 2:45 p.m., when the strike happened, strong storms in the area of Butts Army Airfield where the soldiers were training.

Five soldiers have been released and five others are being evaluated at Evans Hospital, which is on post at the base. Two others are at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, one of whom is in critical condition.

“First and foremost we want to give our condolences to the families of the soldiers affected, our hearts and prayers go out to them and we hope for a speedy recovery,” Fort Carson spokesman Maj. Earl Brown said.

Fort Carson officials said the soldiers were actually moving into a shelter when the lightning hit.

Procedures are now being reevaluated.

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