Nebraska man killed in Rocky Mountain lightning strike

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

 A lightning strike killed a man from Nebraska and injured several others on Saturday afternoon, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park said Sunday.

The man who died is Gregory Cardwell, 52, from Scottsbluff, Nebraska, officials said. Three other people were rushed to the hospital in ambulances.

“At approximately 3:30 p.m. there was a lightning strike in the Rainbow Curve area along Trail Ridge Road,” park officials said.

“We didn’t see the bolt it was just a white flash. It just felt like something hit you in the back of the head and just kind of jolted forward,” said Mary Ivarson who wasn’t far from Cardwell.

Ivarson said she and others rushed to help Cardwell and performed CPR for 15 to 20 minutes until rescue crews arrived.

“We turned around and kind of assessed the situation and went over to the man that was down and started doing CPR on him until help came. His t-shirt and stuff was burned from the lightning but we were just trying to help him,” Ivarson said.

Estes Medical Center said they treated a total of 12 people for injuries following the lightning strike. 

Cardwell was the second person in two days to die after being hit by lightning at Rocky Mountain National Park. A park news released identified the woman who died on Friday as 42-year-old Rebecca R. Teilhet of Yellow Springs, Ohio.