Light­ning kills 5 on Slo­vakia, Poland peaks; dozens hurt

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WAR­SAW, Poland — Light­ning struck across the Ta­tra Moun­tains in south­ern Poland and neigh­bor­ing Slo­vakia on Thurs­day, killing five peo­ple and in­jur­ing over 100 oth­ers in an area pop­u­lar with hik­ers and fam­i­lies, au­thor­i­ties said.

Wit­nesses said the thun­der­storm came sud­denly on a day that be­gan with clear weather. The light­ning strikes pum­meled Poland’s Giewont peak, a trekking des­ti­na­tion that is 6,214 feet high, as well as other lo­ca­tions across the Ta­tras.

Four peo­ple were killed on the Pol­ish side, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, med­i­cal of­fi­cials said.

The Slo­vak res­cue ser­vice said a Czech man was killed af­ter light­ning knocked him off Banikov peak and he fell hun­dreds of yards down the side of a moun­tain.

Pol­ish of­fi­cials said the death toll could rise.

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