Thornton man badly hurt in lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park |

Thornton man badly hurt in lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park

A 31-year-old man from Thornton was seriously hurt by lightning Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park.

A park news release says it’s unknown whether the man was hit by lightning directly, but he suffered serious injuries when he was stuck while hiking below tree line between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha.

Other hikers found the man along the trail and called park rangers. Members of the Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team reached the man and provided advanced medical care.

The team then brought him down the trail in a wheeled litter to the Bear Lake Trailhead. After that, he was taken by Estes Park Health ambulance to Glacier Basin Campground.

Because of storms along the Front Range, Classic Air Medical from Steamboat Springs flew from west of the Continental Divide to a large meadow near the Glacier Basin Campground.

The man was then flown to Medical Center of the Rockies.

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