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Runner killed by lightning strike in Kansas

Posted at 10:53 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 11:56:02-04

Today, 2 Works for You learned more about the person struck and killed by lightning over the weekend.

It happened in Montgomery County, Kansas on Saturday, Sept.28.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, deputies and emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Elk City Lake outlet channel to the report of a person being struck by lightning.

Deputies say when they arrived they found out that 33-year-old Thomas Stanley, from Andover, Kansas, was running in Flatrock, an endurance race, when he was struck by lightning.

Other participants say they saw and heard the lightning strike, and saw Stanley fall to the ground, deputies say.

Deputies say that Stanley was attended to by other race participants and Independence EMS, and died from his injuries.

The National Weather Service says 18 people have been killed in lightning strikes so far this year, nationwide.

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