WASHINGTON.- This Friday, the municipal police announced that The number of victims killed by the impact of lightning rose to three near the White House, among them is an elderly couple who had traveled to Washington to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.
lightning strike was recorded this Thursday during a sudden summer storm near the equestrian of the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, which is located in Lafayette Park, north of the White House.
After this natural phenomenon, four people, including two men and two women, were seriously injured, said the spokesman for the fire department of the US capital, Vito Maggiolo, during a press conference on Thursday night.
It is believed that the four were sheltering from the rain under some trees when lightning struck, according to Maggiolo.
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Because they were so close to the White House, the first to provide them with medical assistance were the agents patrolling the park and members of the Secret Servicewho are in charge of guarding the presidential mansion.
the four victims They were taken to hospital in critical condition. This Friday afternoon, the Washington municipal police confirmed the death of a 29-year-old man whose identity has not been revealed out of respect for the family, which is being notified of the death.
An elderly couple died
The police also revealed this morning, the death of a neighboring couple from the town of Janesville (Wisconsin): James Mueller, 76, and his wife, Donna, 75.
The couple met when he was in high school and had traveled to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversaryaccording to the local Fox News network in Washington.
They were almost retired: James Mueller had his own business and Donna had worked as a teacher, although now he was working in a furniture store in Janesville.
They had five children, ten grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildrenaccording to Fox News.
In a statement, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed “sadness” at the “tragic” deaths.
Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives.”
The person that is still hospitalized for lightning injuries is a womanbut his identity is unknown.
On its website, the US National Weather Service warns that lightning tend to hit tall objectsso it is not advisable to shelter under a tree during a storm.
On average, in the United States About 23 people die each year from lightning strikes.according to the National Lightning Safety Council, a group created to educate about the phenomenon.
According to that organization, the three deaths this Friday in Washington They are the first caused by lightning since 1991when a teenager was killed and ten other people were injured.