12 Fort Carson soldiers injured in lightning strike

Twelve soldiers from Fort Carson were injured in a lightning strike on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the soldiers is in critical condition and one is in serious condition, but stable. Five have been released from the hospital but five others are staying overnight for observation.

The incident happened at 2:45 p.m. south of Butts Army Airfield on Fort Carson property.

One soldier was transported by Flight for Life to Memorial Hospital, one was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and the other 10 Soldiers were transported via ambulance to Evans Army Community Hospital.

The soldiers were conducting training when notified of lightning in the area. Training was suspended at that point and they were in the process of moving to shelter when the fast-moving weather cell overcame them, the U.S. Army said.

Names of the injured soldiers have not been released.

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