Thursday, July 18, 2013
Nine farm workers working the fields at Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Colo., were injured by a lightning strike Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said the emergency medical call came in about 3:22 p.m. (MDT) Thursday.
Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said at least nine people were transported to local hospitals.
Two were critically injured. Those two workers were semi-conscious, could not walk, and had muscle weakness and tingling in their hands and feet, Green said.
He said a fleet of ambulances from multiple agencies were needed to transport the injured to Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.
The identities of those involved have not been disclosed.
The farm has had recent financial troubles and appears to be closing. Around the same time as the storms struck on Thursday, the Farm posted on its Facebook page, "With a heavy heart, we make this announcement. It is so sad that after one of our better years ever, that 61 years of local, family farming will be torn apart" and linked to an auction site that listed nearly all of its farm equipment.
The farm filed for bankruptcy six years ago and filed for liquidation yet again in January.
Source: 7NEWS, Denver