Two soldiers remain hospitalized today with injuries sustained from a lightning strike on a Colorado Army base, while 10 others have been released, according to a Fort Carson official.
One of the soldiers who was taken to the hospital in critical condition after the Wednesday afternoon lightning strike has been upgraded to serious-but-stable today, according to an official, while the other soldier who remains hospitalized is in stable condition.
The 12 soldiers, who are all assigned to the 52nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Carson, were forced to suspend their basic training exercises due to inclement weather. According to an official, the group was moving toward shelter when lightning struck.
Medics were already on the scene for the training exercises and were able to treat the injured until first responders arrived, according to the official.
The two soldiers who remain hospitalized are being treated at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Their names have not been released.
Fort Carson is located southwest of Colorado Springs. Military.com calls the post “one of the world’s premier locations to lead, train, and maintain while preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield.”