Hiker seriously injured following lightning strike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted at 10:01 PM, Aug 17, 2019

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — A 31-year-old Thornton man suffered numerous severe injuries as a result of a lightning strike inside Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday afternoon.

He was hiking below treeline, between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha, when the lightning strike occurred, according to a park release. Other hikers who called park rangers found him.

It’s unknown whether he was directly struck by lightning.

A search and rescue team took the injured hiker to the Bear Lake Trailhead. He was then flown to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. His condition is unknown.