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Three People Injured by Lightning Strike in Granby


GRANBY, Mass. (WGGB) — Three people are recovering after being struck by lightning during Tuesday’s storms in Granby.

Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart says that around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, a 911 call was made from the MacDuffie School reporting that a student had been struck by lightning.

The 16-year-old girl was initially unresponsive. When emergency crews arrived three minutes after the call was made, they found that school staff had immediately attended to the girl, began CPR, and the girl regained consciousness by the time an ambulance arrived.

Wishart adds that a 20-year-old man was also knocked unconscious from the lightning strike, but was alert and conscious by the time paramedics got to him.

A third person, a 17-year-old boy, also reported experiencing symptoms from the strike.

Wishart notes that investigators have determined that the girl was on a picnic table near the rear of the main building when the storm suddenly approached. He adds that it’s believed that the girl was directly hit by the lightning strike, while the other two were “close enough to the strike grounding that they too experienced symptoms.”

All three were transported to Baystate Medical Center. Their conditions are not immediately known.

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