An elderly couple were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary on Friday in a park near the White House.
Suddenly lightning struck the park and three people, including an elderly couple celebrating the anniversary, died.
Lightning struck Park Lafayette Square.
Washington. An elderly couple were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary on Friday in a park near the White House. They would never have thought that this happy day would turn into a day of mourning for them. Suddenly lightning struck the park and three people, including an elderly couple celebrating the anniversary, died. Lightning struck Lafayette Square, a small park across the street in front of the White House on Thursday evening, according to the Washington Fire and Emergency Department. Due to which two men and two women have suffered serious injuries.
All victims were taken to a local hospital, but on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police said doctors declared Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, dead, according to an AFP report. The elderly couple had been together since high school and had come here to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Later on Friday, a 29-year-old injured third person also succumbed to his injuries, police said. The condition of the other adult remains critical.
A White House spokesman said the Biden administration was saddened by the incident. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that we are praying for those who are still fighting for their lives. According to a statement posted on social media by Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Vito Magiolo, officers from the US Secret Service and Park Police rushed to provide first aid to the injured.
Images posted by the department on social media showed several ambulances and at least one fire brigade working at the scene. David Root, who was present at the scene, said that I heard a terrible sound. I have never seen anything like this in my whole life. The people present at the spot were unable to move. So the people present on the spot ran for help.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 06, 2022, 07:51 IST
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