Utah woman injured in lightning strike in fair condition


July 23, 2016 8:45PM (UTC)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who was critically injured and whose stepdaughter died after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding in a Utah reservoir is improving.

University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Wilets says that Jayleen Reynolds had been upgraded to fair condition Saturday.

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Daggett County sheriff's officials say the 49-year-old and her 14-year-old stepdaughter, Brooklyn Reynolds, were riding in a remote area of Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon Friday when the lightning struck.

The teen was pronounced dead.

Jayleen Reynolds was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries.

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Sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter says the teen's father, who was on another watercraft, was treated at the scene for shock.

The reservoir inside Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddles the Utah-Wyoming border and is 200 miles east of Salt Lake City.




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