- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say one man died and another is hospitalized after lightning struck a tree the two were standing under during a rainstorm.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/29TUVba) his office plans to do an autopsy Friday.

Clark says the man, who has not been identified, died Thursday afternoon shortly after the strike.


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Sgt. Don A. Coppola Jr. says the two had been working on a roof, when they sought cover under a tree after a heavy downpour started and lightning suddenly struck nearby.

Coppola said he’s not sure of the extent of the second man’s injuries, but he’s expected to survive.



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