Adams Co. couple witnessed deadly lightning strike

ADAMS COUNTY - An outdoor hike at Rocky Mountain National Park took a tragic turn on Saturday after a lightning strike killed one man and injured at least 13 others, just one day after an Ohio woman was struck and killed by lightning at the same park Friday.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday near the Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road. Travis Day was hiking with his wife when he says the skies got very dark and lightning started flashing through the sky.

Day told 9NEWS he was standing near a large group of people when a lightning strike hit a man standing about 15 feet away from him. That man, 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell, was killed by the strike.

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Day says he witnessed several people try and revive Caldwell before rescue crews transported the man and several others to Estes Park Medical Center.

Day and his wife drove home to Henderson before going to the hospital. There, Day says he learned he received a concussion from the force of the strike and his wife was treated for anxiety.

You can see more of Travis Day's story on 9NEWS at 6 p.m.

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