(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) — A New Mexico middle-school student is in critical condition and three others were injured after a lightning strike.
The lightning strike happened Tuesday at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces in the southern part of the state. The school’s eighth-grade football team was practicing after school ended when it became overcast and started to drizzle, said Jo Galvan, director of communications for Las Cruces Public Schools.
The group started walking toward the school when lightning struck a nearby tree, sending several students and coaches falling to the ground, likely the lightning grounding itself, Galvan said.
Three 13-year-old boys and one coach were injured, Galvan said, with a parent and a coach performing CPR on the critically injured boy.
Kelly Duke, marketing director of Mountain View Regional Medical Center, confirmed to ABC News that the players and coach were taken to the hospital, with the critically injured boy later transferred to University Medical Center, listed in critical but stable condition.
The other two students were listed in stable condition, Duke said. The coach’s injuries aren’t life-threatening.
Counselors and district school physiologists will be at the school Wednesday to speak with students, Galvan said.
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