One killed by lightning strike at rugby game

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Lightning struck nine people who had gathered under a tree for shelter from a storm Saturday. One person was killed, authorities said.

It was unclear whether the lightning struck the tree first or the victims, said fire spokesman Leonard Clark.

The victims, ranging in age from 20 to 56, were players and spectators from a rugby match interrupted by the storm at Annapolis Middle School, Clark said.

Two of the victims were in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, said Dina Holler, a nursing supervisor.

The rest were taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where their conditions were not immediately available. Mary Lou Baker, a spokeswoman for the medical center, said the person killed was a 50-year-old man.


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