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Lightning strike kills one, injures seven at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:59 PM - Lightning has killed a woman and injured seven other people in Colorado a day after the 88th anniversary of a New Jersey lightning strike that killed nearly two dozen people.

Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson said staff was notified at 1:20 p.m. local time Friday about the strike, which occurred on the Ute Crossing Trail.

Two of the injured people were transported to hospital via ambulance while the others were taken to a medical centre of an evaluation.

This isn't the first time lighting has raised safety concerns in the park.

RELATED: Lightning kills two dozen people in New Jersey

Earlier this month lightning strikes caused two small fires in the area.

"It is unusual to have two simultaneous lightning-caused fires at Rocky Mountain National Park," officials said in a news release.

"Fortunately resources were immediately available to respond."

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