Lightning strike injures 16 soldiers as storm sweeps Germany

2015-07-23 13:29
(Mathias Krumbholz)

(Mathias Krumbholz)

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Berlin - A lightning strike injured 16 German soldiers, some seriously, in the southern state of Bavaria as thunderstorms brought heavy rains, felled trees, flooded roads and basements, and caused damage around the country.

The soldiers were injured Wednesday when they were bivouacked as part of their basic training outside Mittenwald in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district.

Three of the injured soldiers were taken to hospital and the rest were treated at the scene, police said.

A 22-year-old truck driver and his 44-year-old passenger were seriously injured Wednesday night outside Leipzig when their truck drove off the road in heavy rain and hit a guardrail.

Another driver in Weissenborn, which is also in the eastern state of Saxony, was injured when a tree fell on his car.

A fire broke out at a farmhouse in Kisslegg in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg when it was hit twice by lightning. It burned to the ground, and police estimated damage at $330 000.

A German hiker, aged 34, also died on Wednesday when he was struck by lightning in the Dolomites in northern Italy's South Tyrol region, an employee of the Aiut Alpin Dolomites mountain rescue service said.

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