Man dies after lightning strike in NY park; 4 others injured

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.  — A man has died after being hit by a lightning strike that also injured four other people gathered around a park bench in New York’s Hudson Valley.

The 50-year-old man died around 1 a.m. Saturday at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. That’s according to Tim Massie, a senior vice president at hospital operator Health Quest.

The victims were at Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie (puh-KIHP’-see) when a fast-moving thunderstorm hit around 4 p.m. Friday. Emergency responders found three people unresponsive, two others conscious but injured and some belongings on fire.

Massie says two 46-year-old men remain in intensive care at the Vassar hospital with burns and internal injuries.

Police said two other, less gravely injured adults were taken to another hospital, which has declined to comment on their conditions.

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