Lightning strike sends 4 to hospital

Four Seymour High School girls softball players were injured when lightning struck during practice Thursday afternoon.

“One was actually struck,” Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said of the incident, reported at 4:14 p.m.

Seymour Community Schools Superintendent Teran Armstrong said Emily Bobb, a freshman, was struck by lightning and confirmed she was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children for further treatment after first being taken to Schneck Medical Center.

Bobb was reported in critical but stable condition Thursday night, a Riley spokesperson said.

Three other students were taken to Schneck for evaluation, and Armstrong said they were all released Thursday evening.

“Only Emily was struck by lightning, and the other three girls were taken to the hospital after it was determined they were complaining of headaches or similar issues,” Armstrong said. “They were not struck by lightning and were really nowhere near Emily.”

Those three students were identified as Kristin George, a sophomore, Kelsey Nolting, a junior, and Carlee Westfall, a senior.

Questioned about the reaction of the injured students’ teammates, Seymour Athletic Director Brandon Harpe said “they’re doing about as well as can be expected” in the wake of such a situation.

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