- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A woman is recovering after being struck by lightning after a memorial service for her nephew in northern Colorado.

The Coloradoan reports (https://noconow.co/27QOuKi ) that Karen Pedersen and her sisters lingered after a rainy May 7 memorial service for 21-year-old Justin Brien, who drowned while fishing. She had her hand on her sister’s car when a bolt of lightning hit a transformer and she felt a burning sensation in her left arm.

Her sisters thought she was just startled, but then realized she wasn’t breathing normally and couldn’t remove her hand from the car.

The bolt hit about 30 feet away and is believed to have traveled through the ground and up Pedersen’s left leg.

She stayed overnight at a burn unit in Greeley and will seek further treatment from her home in Nevada.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, https://www.coloradoan.com

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