Lightning kills 2 adults, injures child at scenic overlook on Highway 89A


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 10:29 AM

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FREDONIA, Ariz. -- Two adults were killed and a child was injured by lightning at a scenic overlook on Highway 89A Tuesday afternoon.

A bolt of lightning struck in the area of the LeFevre Overlook about eight miles north of Jacob Lake around 3 p.m., according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

A group of people was standing in the area when the husband and wife were struck. They were later pronounced dead at the scene.

A boy also was struck by the lightning and knocked to the ground. He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries then transported to an area hospital.

Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the child was not associated with the two other victims and was traveling with several adults.

The two deceased victims were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff.

The couple's names have not been released at this time. Blair said they were from out of the country.