Lightning kills 5 on Slovakia, Poland peaks; dozens hurt
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.