BUENA VISTA, Colo. (CBS4) – The woman killed by lightning in Chaffee County on Friday has been identified by authorities.
Kathleen Bartlett, 31, of Denver, died on Friday while hiking Mount Yale near Buena Vista.READ MORE: Denver Tied 126-Year-Old Record High Saturday, Lands In Top 5 For 90 Degree Days
Bartlett was hiking with her newlywed husband Ryan Pocius, 32, who is also from Denver. He was also struck by lightning and was described as being in critical condition at the hospital.
The lightning strike happened on the Denny Creek Trail at 2 p.m. at an elevation of approximately 12,500 feet, which is about 2,000 feet below the summit.READ MORE: Police, Firefighters, Rescue Teams Continue Search For Diana Brown, Missing Flash Floods Ripped Through Poudre Canyon
A father and son from Colorado Springs were also struck in the area at approximately the same time, and they both suffered minor injuries but were able to walk to safety. Their names have not been released.
It took search crews more than two hours to reach the Denver man and woman. A Flight for Life helicopter was also delayed in getting to the scene to transport the man to the hospital due to stormy conditions.
Officials with the National Weather Service said there were only two lightning strikes that hit the ground on Mount Yale on Friday.MORE NEWS: Woman Killed While Crossing Broadway, Search Continues For Hit-And-Run Suspect Driver
Mount Yale is one of Colorado’s 14ers in the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range.