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Magna teacher OK after apparent 'proximity' lightning strike

Published May 28, 2013 5:11 pm

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A Magna playground aide was transported to a hospital but appeared to have sustained no serious injuries after a possible near-miss lightning strike.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said the 41-year-old woman had just helped clear children from the playground area of Copper Hills Elementary School about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, as a thunderstorm moved through the region, when lighting was thought to have struck the grounds.

"We believe it may have been what is called a 'proximity' strike," Horsley said.

When she reported a tingling sensation in her neck, Unified Fire Department paramedics responded to the school at 7635 W. 3517 South. A department spokesman said the woman was alert and appeared unhurt.

As a precaution, the woman was transported to Pioneer Valley Hospital to be examined further.

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