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Man struck by lightning in Uintas

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Victim flown by helicopter in critical condition

A man was transported by a medical helicopter from the Uinta Mountains on Saturday after he was struck by lightning.

According to Summit County Detective Sergeant Ron Bridge, an emergency call was received by Uintah County Dispatch Center in Wyoming on Saturday afternoon reporting a man was struck by lightning near Amethyst Lake in the High Uintas, near Christmas Meadows.

Bridge said that Summit County’s Search and Rescue Team responded to the area on horseback but a medical helicopter reached the man first.

"AirMed responded to the scene and stabilized the victim so our teams turned back," he said.

According to a dispatcher at the University of Utah Medical Center, an AirMed helicopter was called to the scene but was unable to land safely. Instead, a Life Flight helicopter was called and used a hoist to load the man into the helicopter and transport him to a Salt Lake area hospital.

The name and condition of the victim were not released as of Monday morning.


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