Struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Campers recovering after being struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Two people were transported to the hospital after being struck by lightning while camping at Balsam Mountain Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Family members of the injured say that District Court Judge Roy Wijewickrama and another woman were struck by lightening around 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday when an isolated thunderstorm rolled through the area, striking two cars in the campground parking lot. The four people inside of the cars were uninjured, but Wijewickrama and the unnamed woman were outside of the cars and knocked to the ground. Both are expected to recover. Wijewickrama’s wife, Julie, told News 13 WLOS that he is in “stable condition and progressing daily.” 

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