2 seriously hurt after lightning strike in Newark, Delaware

NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) -- Firefighters and paramedics responded to a report of a lightning strike where two people were hurt in Newark, Delaware.

It happened around 4:17 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials said two people were taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

A 31-year-old man was standing by a grill when lightning struck. He was found to be in cardiac arrest. He was listed in critical condition while en route to the hospital.

The second victim, a 37-year-old man, suffered injuries to his chest and leg. He's listed in serious condition at this time.

Neighbors rushed to help both men moments after the incident.

"It's unreal, just happened so fast and it was like the storm just stopped quick," said neighbor Tony Hunt.

Hunt said both men were breathing, but then things took a turn when it appeared one of the men stopped breathing.

"I tried turning on their side and one guy has stuff coming out of his mouth, didn't want him to choke," Hunt recalled.

Neighbors said despite the chaos, they tried to remain calm, especially with the family of the two men nearby.

"I feel for the mother, she was there seeing her son in distress. We just tried to do what we could do until the EMTs got here and took over," said neighbor Jon Pelletier.
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