7 members of youth group hospitalized after lightning strike in Utah

Seven members of a Utah youth group were taken to the hospital after a lightning strike struck the ground near where they were hiking Thursday, authorities said.

A youth group from The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints in Salina was hiking in eastern Sevier County when it started raining around 1:45 p.m., the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said 50 of the children felt “the shock of lightning” striking the ground near them as rainwater collected around them.

Seven of the youth group experienced “medical issues due to electrocution,” the sheriff’s office said, and were transported by ambulance to Salina hospitals, where they were treated for their injuries.

Two of the children had “severe symptoms” and were flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Lehi, the sheriff’s office said. It did not provide further information about their symptoms.

The other five were transported to two other hospitals, authorities said.

None of the children hospitalized are expected to suffer life-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

The rest of the group was found and brought back to Salina, where they were reunited with their parents, the sheriff’s office said. None of these children reported any medical problems.

Sevier County is located 167 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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