Runner dies after being struck by lightning near Kansas park

Runner dies after being struck by lightning near Kansas park

FILE PHOTO: Romulus McNeill was walking to his car while holding an umbrella in Horry County when a bolt of lightning struck close by.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. — QUICK FACTS:

  • Elk City State Park officials confirm a runner near the park was fatally struck by lightning Saturday.
  • The park is located in Montgomery County, Kansas.
  • According to National Weather Service data, the last time Kansas had a lightning fatality was 2012.
  • The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
  • This incident makes the 18th lightning fatality in the United States this year, according to the National Weather Service.
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  • This story will be updated with details as we learn them.

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