Lightning strike injures 3 children at soccer practice

BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) – A 9-year-old boy was flown to the hospital after being struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon at Field of Dreams along Highway 71 in Bee Cave.

The boy was revived at the scene using CPR and was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center with what Austin-Travis County EMS calls potentially life-threatening injuries.

According to Bee Cave police, the lightning strike happened around 4:40 p.m. The boy’s parents told authorities they had just arrived at the soccer fields for practice when the lightning struck the kids who were standing in the middle of the field.

Authorities said two other children, a boy and a girl, were transported by ambulance to DCMC with serious injuries.

First Warning Weather’s Jim Spencer reports there were six lightning strikes in that general area around the time the boy was hurt.

All events at the Lake Travis Youth Association fields were canceled for the evening. Future indoor and outdoor activities are also canceled until further notice.

“As our coaches know, player safety is our utmost priority,” Peter Maddox and Scott Cronk said in a joint statement. “This incident appears to have happened suddenly and without warning. Our thoughts and prayers-along with that of the LTYA board-are with these children and their families.”

It is not clear if the boy was directly struck or if he came in contact with something that was energized by the strike.

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