Lightning strikes a group of 7 hikers on a North Carolina mountain trail, injuring 4

Lightning striking field
Lightning strike in a field. Nick Brundle Photography/Getty Images
  • Seven hikers on a North Carolina mountain trail were struck by lightning on Friday.
  • Four of the hikers were injured.
  • The lightning occurred suddenly after a “storm came up abruptly,” according to mountain officials.
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Four people were injured in a lightning strike while hiking on a North Carolina trail on Friday.

A group of seven hikers were on MacRae Peak at Grandfather Mountain when lightning struck at midday on Friday, according to an update from the official Twitter page for Grandfather Mountain.

The lightning occurred after a “storm came up abruptly,” a tweet from Grandfather Mountain says.

Local emergency management groups assisted, and all seven were able to get off the mountain and evacuate. After getting off the trail, each hiker was evaluated by medical professionals on an ambulance.

One of the hikers received serious burns from the lightning, according to local news outlet WBTV, and another person fell and hurt their head. They received medical treatment at a hospital after walking off the trail.

The other two individuals who got hurt had minor injuries, WBTV said.

Lightning strikes generally happen in the summer, when temperatures are higher. The National Weather Service says about 20 people a year are killed from lightning strikes in the United States. Hundreds more are seriously injured every year.