2 dead, 2 in critical condition after lightning strike near the White House

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2 dead, 2 in critical condition after lightning strike near the White House

Two people have died in Washington D.C. after a lightning strike on Thursday, according to D.C. Metropolitan Police.The two who died have been identified as James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both of Janesville, Wisconsin.Two others remain in critical condition.The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park, which sits directly across the street from the White House, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a news conference Thursday evening.”All four were suffering critical, life-threatening injuries” when help arrived, Maggiolo said.The victims were riding out the storm under a tree, according to a law enforcement source.Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. Maggiolo said officials from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service and the Park Police were on the scene immediately to help with the response.A severe thunderstorm hit the D.C. region around 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

Two people have died in Washington D.C. after a lightning strike on Thursday, according to D.C. Metropolitan Police.

The two who died have been identified as James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Two others remain in critical condition.

The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park, which sits directly across the street from the White House, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a news conference Thursday evening.

“All four were suffering critical, life-threatening injuries” when help arrived, Maggiolo said.

The victims were riding out the storm under a tree, according to a law enforcement source.

Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. Maggiolo said officials from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service and the Park Police were on the scene immediately to help with the response.

A severe thunderstorm hit the D.C. region around 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

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