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N. Idaho Men hit by Lightning while Laying Cable

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Two men laying an underground cable in northern Idaho have been hospitalized after a lightning strike that authorities say likely traveled through the cable.

Bonner County Emergency Medical Services tells the Bonner County Daily Bee that a 45-year-old man was flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., after the lightning strike Saturday morning. Another man in his 30s was taken by ambulance to Bonner General Hospital. Names haven’t been released.

Bonner EMS spokesman Bob Abbott says the 45-year-old man has wounds in the lower half of his body from electrical burns. He says the other man didn’t have those types of burns but instead appears to have been hit by electricity traveling through the ground.

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