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Hiker Struck By Lightning Near Donner Summit

CHP Valley Division Air Operations

The shoe of a hiker struck by lightning near Donner Summit.

CHP Valley Division Air Operations

A hiker from Austria is being treated at the UC Davis Burn Center for treatment of major burns after he was struck by lighting near Donner Summit.

The victim, his girlfriend and a friend were hiking Tuesday when the victim went ahead of the other two at Tinker Knob near Soda Springs. The victim's girlfriend and their friend heard a crack and a flash of light. The victim was able to wave his arms and shout, prompting the other two to call for help. They stayed off the ridge where the victim was fearing another lightning strike.

The man was airlifted out by a CHP helicopter and taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee before being transferred to the burn center at UC Davis.

The CHP says the three were experienced hikers and saw no signs of thunderstorms or lightning during their hike.

Drew Sandsor

Senior Producer, News

As Senior Producer of News, Drew works with reporters and anchors on the daily production and presentation of news stories on Capital Public Radio. He also works closely with the station's digital team on news coverage across various online platforms  Read Full Bio 

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