Hiker Hit By Lightning On Humphreys Peak

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 5:34pm
Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Humphreys Peak in Arizona.

Coconino County sheriff's officials are working to get a group of hikers off Humphreys Peak, after at least one person was struck by lightning near the summit.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said the hikers called 911 shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, and that at least one hiker was reported to be unresponsive. She said emergency responders have now reached the hikers, and are working to the get them off the mountain.

Weather can be volatile on Humphreys Peak, and hikers are warned to watch for lightning. Located just north of Flagstaff, the peak is the highest point in Arizona, at more than 12,600 feet above sea level.

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