Lightning bolt kills two sisters, aged 18 and 12 in Norway


A lightning bolt has killed two sisters and injured a third sibling who were hiking on a mountain in Norway.

Benedicte Myrset, 18, and 12-year-old Victoria Myrset from Oslo, were struck by lightning in the mountainous area of Hareid on Sunday.

They were on the Melshorn mountain, a popular destination, when the accident happened.

Officials in Hareid said a third person, also a sister in the same family but who was not named, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

She was then transferred to a larger hospital in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.

Bergen is 191 miles northwest of Oslo.

In a statement, Hareid mayor Bernt Brandal called it ‘a deeply tragic event’ that no one could have predicted because the weather ‘changed tremendously fast’.

Norwegian broadcaster NRK said more than 800 lightning strikes were recorded in the area Sunday afternoon and early evening.

Further details were not available.

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