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3 students waiting for bus hurt by lightning near Chicago

September 20, 2018

ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Officials say three middle school students were injured by a lightning strike as they huddled under a tree while waiting on their school bus in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

The lightning strike happened about 7:15 a.m. Thursday in Round Lake Heights as thunderstorms moved across the area.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Chief Greg Formica says one child was taken to a hospital in serious condition, while the other two were in stable condition.

Charlene Monk says her 13-year-old daughter, Carrington, was with two other girls under the tree when they saw the lightning strike and fell backward.

Monk said her daughter briefly lost consciousness but was soon alert. Monk says she believes all three will be OK but were being hospitalized overnight for observation.

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