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Sunday, 21 November 2021 11:33

Two killed, ten injured following a lightning strike on a soccer field.

Staff Reporter.

Two men were killed and ten others injured on Saturday afternoon, when they were struck by lightning in Sheepmoor, Mpumalanga.

According to Arrive Alive, the deceased were lying under a tree next to a football field on Saturday, while the rest of the victims were scattered around the field.Both deceased are believed to have been 18 years old.

ER24 and Provincal EMS medics assessed the victims and declared the two men dead on the scene shortly after 18:00.

The ten others were found to have sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious, and were transported to Ermelo Hospital for treatment.

Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

According to the South African Journal of Science, lightning-related deaths in South Africa account for an average of between 1.5 and 8.8 per million of the population, which is said to be about four times higher than the global average.

Lightning is very dangerous and unpredictable. Contrary to the old saying, lighting can indeed strike twice in the same place!