Connecticut Course Workers Injured by Lightning

According to The Day newspaper in New London, Conn,:

Nine patients are being treated or being taken for treatment this morning to local hospitals for injuries related to a lightning strike at the Lake of Isles golf course in North Stonington, near the Foxwoods casino.

Two of the victims were taken to The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, and a third is expected, Backus spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said.

Four other victims are being treated at The Westerly Hospital, spokesman Nick Stahl said. Two victims with minor injuries were on their way to the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, according to L&M spokesman Mike O’Farrell.

According to the North Stonington fire marshal, a total of eight people were struck by lighting at the golf course.

This morning’s storm also knocked out power for 5,500 Norwich Public Utility customers when lightning struck a utility pole.

The North Main Street substation, which feeds the Laurel Hill, East Side, Greeneville, and NFA/Broadway area, is out of service, according to a NPU spokesperson. Crews are working on the substation.

According to Connecticut Light & Power, there are outages affecting around 100 customers in Preston, Montville, Salem and parts of Lyme.

Water Street, Howard Street, Pequot Avenue and Thames Street in New London were impassible during the height of the storm.

Amtrak service between New Haven and New York, which had been delayed due to power system problems, is running again.

A massive thunderstorm arrived in the New London area at about 9 this morning. The county is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service also has issued flood and flash flood advisories for the region.

The Mashantucket Pequot tribe owns the property where the golf course is located. The Troon Company, from Arizona, owns the course itself.
This is the second incident involving golf course maintenance staff in Connecticut this year. A worker at Portland Golf Course was killed after the three-wheel sprayer he was driving overturned on him.

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