SAFETY

Two people flown to hospital after lightning strike in Fillmore

Jun 21, 2019, 8:00 AM | Updated: 1:24 pm
Lightning Fillmore...
Territorial Statehouse State Park museum in Fillmore (Photo KSL TV)
(Photo KSL TV)

FILLMORE, Utah — Three people are recovering from a lightning strike at a Utah State Park — two of them in the hospital.

It happened Thursday evening outside the Territorial Statehouse State Park museum in Fillmore. A Utah State Parks official confirms lightning struck a father and his daughter. They were both taken to a nearby hospital. And another teenage girl was also taken to the hospital.

The storms were rolling in between 8 and 9 pm. A bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told KSL TV on the scene that there were teens from several wards there for a youth conference. He says he was about 100 yards away when that lightning struck near a big tree.

“Heard a big crack and buzz and everybody started scattering,” said Scott Hartley. “And then you’ll realize something and we saw some people on the ground and we went down to see what was going on and they took the young lady in the building and we got the gentleman in the cabin over there out of the rain so they could work on them.”

The Millard County Sheriff’s Office said the father initially required CPR and artificial respiration, but regained consciousness on the way to the hospital. The daughter suffered a damaged eardrum and first degree burns.

Hartley believed the other girl may have been in shock and was checked out and released.

The National Weather Service says in the last ten years, 6 people have been killed from lightning strikes in Utah and 33 people have been injured. Utah officials say there have been 51 deaths and 131 injuries in Utah since 1950 due to lightning.

“We’re lucky,” said Hartley, choking up a little. He said he believed the groups who were with the father and daughter were from Taylorsville, and they went home already.

The Utah Division of Emergency Management says lightning is Utah’s second-deadliest natural hazard, second only to avalanches. Their recommendations for safety include:

Check the weather forecast before going outdoors for extended periods.

Watch (increasing clouds) and listen (thunder) for signs of approaching storms.

If storminess is expected, have a radio or TV with you for updated weather information.

If thunderstorms are imminent, postpone outdoor activities.

Move to safe shelter (sturdy building or a hard top automobile) immediately when a storm approaches! Don’t wait!

DO NOT take cover under isolated trees.

Get out of boats and away from water.

Avoid using the telephone. Use phones ONLY in an emergency.

Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information.

Do not take a bath or shower.

Turn off air conditioners.

Pull the shades and stay away from windows.

If caught outdoors with no shelter, find the lowest spot away from trees, fences, and poles (not where flooding might occur).

If you are in a forested area, take shelter under short trees.

If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!

If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible, and minimize your contact with the ground.

Additional Informational Resources:

Today’s Top Stories

Safety

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improve...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police announce response times for November

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improved by 12 minutes and 15 seconds compared to November 2021. 
1 day ago
Portions of Salt Lake County saw fog on Tuesday morning, a weather phenomenon that doesn't typicall...
Allie Litzinger and Simone Seikaly

Great Salt Lake, moisture created Tuesday’s commuter fog and maybe Wednesday’s

Moisture in the air and proximity to the Great Salt Lake, and the lake's temperature, all combined for Tuesday's foggy commute.
1 day ago
A snowy mountain with trees is pictured, avalanche risk is measured often this time of year...
Adam Small

How do forecasters determine avalanche risk?

Determining the avalanche risk for any given day takes coordination between avalanche forecasters and the National Weather Service.
1 day ago
The U.S. Product Safety Commission warns that three toys marketed toward children have been flagged...
Simone Seikaly

Three toys recalled in U.S. for excessive lead paint

The three recalled toys were sold online at Amazon and Walmart, as well as discount stores across the United States between 2020 and 2022.
2 days ago
The view at Snowbasin Resort....
Alejandro Lucero

Avalanche safety should be on everyone’s mind says forecaster

An avalanche avoidance and preperation can help keep everyone safe while enjoying the greatest snow on Earth.
2 days ago
The deadline for the REAL ID has been extended by two more years and will now be required by May 7,...
Simone Seikaly

Deadline for REAL ID-compliant license, ID card, extended to 2025

REAL ID was established by Congress in 2005. It creates minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Two people flown to hospital after lightning strike in Fillmore