Two people died after being struck by lightning near the White House and two more remain in critical condition.


The Wisconsin couple was in Washington DC to commemorate their 56 years of marriage.

Photo: DC Fire and EMS / Courtesy

Two people have died after being struck by lightning near the White House on Thursday night.reported the authorities this Friday, who detailed there were two injured who are in critical condition.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both from Janesville, Wisconsinwere the victims of the deadly lightning that fell in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, reported ABC News.

Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, confirmed Friday that the victims were married, while Madison.com reported that the couple was in Washington DC to commemorate their 56th wedding anniversary.

DC Fire and EMS said they responded to the incident Thursday night, treating four patients who were in the vicinity of a tree.

The agencies specified that two men and two women were struck by lightning and had to be taken to nearby hospitals with “life-threatening” injuries. It has not been determined what the victims were doing before the lightning struck, or why they were in the park.

Members of the Secret Service and uniformed officers of the US Park Police approached the scene of the accident and rendered assistance to the victims.an EMS official said during a news conference.

Meanwhile, the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, expressed her sorrow this Friday morning after the death of the two Wisconsin residents was known.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life following the lightning strike in Lafayette Park. Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones and we are praying for those who are still fighting for their lives,” Jean-Pierre said in a brief statement.

The National Weather Service issued a severe storm warning for the area Thursday night.

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Source-eldiariony.com