- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (AP) - Officials at a Florida hospital say a girl who was struck by lightning on a coastal Alabama beach has died.

Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glenn Stevens said a 12-year-old girl was hospitalized Sunday after being struck by lightning while she played volleyball on the Fort Morgan peninsula.

Mike Burke, spokesman for Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida told Al.com (https://bit.ly/1CmxUFq ) Tuesday that the girl, identified as Megan Nickell of North Little Rock, Arkansas, died.

National Weather Service lightning specialist John Jensenius says Nickell’s death is the third lightning fatality this year in Alabama and the 17th in the country.


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