Three people died due to the grip of Ray Near the White House, including a couple who had gone to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, municipal police reported on Friday.
Lightning struck a sudden summer storm Thursday near the equestrian statue of seventh US President Andrew Jackson, located in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House.
As a result of the lightning strike, four people (two men and two women) were seriously injured, Vito Magiolo, a spokesman for the US capital’s fire department, told a news conference on Thursday night.
According to Magiolo, all four are believed to have escaped from the rain under the trees when they were struck by lightning.
They were so close to the White House that the first to provide medical aid to them were agents who patrolled the park and members of the Secret Service, who were in charge of guarding the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The moment where lightning strikes the vicinity of the White House and kills two tourists. Two more are injured, who are admitted in the hospital.
James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 74, died as a result of injuries sustained at Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/S5TsKM7Ij1
— JD (@ELJD) 5 August 2022
identity of the deceased
On Thursday, all four were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Municipal Police on Friday afternoon Washington Confirmed death of a 29-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed out of respect to the family being reported of the death.
Police also reported the deaths of a neighboring couple in the city of Janesville, Wisconsin, on Friday morning: James Mueller, 76, and his wife Donna, 75.
According to the local Fox News network in Washington, the couple met when they were in high school and traveled to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.
They were almost retired: James Mueller had his own business and Donna was a teacher, although she was now working in a furniture store in Janesville.
According to Fox News, they had five children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
This is Donna and James Mueller #jainsville, He was struck by lightning last night while sightseeing near the White House in Washington DC and one of his sons said @WISN12News They were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary. pic.twitter.com/k2uXoyzVgq
— Hilary Mintz WISN (@WISN_MINTZ) 5 August 2022
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed “sad” at the “tragic” deaths in a statement.
“Our condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” the spokesperson said.
The man who is still hospitalized for electrical injuries is a woman, but his identity is unknown.
On its website, the US National Weather Service warns that lightning often strikes high objects, so it is not advisable to shelter under a tree during a storm.
On average, about 23 people are killed by lightning each year in the United States, according to the National Lightning Safety Council, a group created to educate about lightning.
According to that organization, three deaths this Friday in Washington were struck by lightning for the first time since 1991, when a teenager was killed and ten others were injured.
*With information from Efe