Lightning kills couple, injures their three children

An American couple were killed and their three small children were badly injured when lightning struck a campsite in the Utah mountains where the family had taken shelter under trees.

An American couple were killed and their three small children were badly injured when lightning struck a campsite in the Utah mountains where the family had taken shelter under trees.

Richard and Lisa Goff, both 34, had been sitting on metal chairs near the shore of Lake Crystal, about 60 miles east of Salt Lake City, when the storm hit on Saturday afternoon.

The youngest of their children – 18-month-old Megan – was said to be in a good condition in hospital.

The others – Dakota, nine, and his five-year-old sister Makensie – were said to be in a fair condition.

“When both parents are taken, it’s incredible,” said Lisa Goff’s sister Lori. “How do you begin to keep this family intact? You tell the little boy who saw his parents get killed that they won’t be back, they’re gone.”

A day later, a 14-year-old American girl was killed as she played in a football tournament in New Brunswick, Canada.

Sarah McLain from Springfield, Maine, was on the pitch when she was struck. Most of the other players were taken to hospital as a precaution.

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