Three people have died from the impact of lightning near the White House, including a couple who had traveled to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, the municipal police reported this Friday. The lightning struck on Thursday during a sudden summer storm near the equestrian statue of the seventh US president, Andrew Jackson, which is located in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House. As a result of the lightning strike, four people (two men and two women) were seriously injured, the spokesman for the fire department of the US capital, Vito Maggiolo, explained Thursday night at a press conference. It is believed that the four were taking shelter from the rain under some trees when the lightning, according to Maggiolo. They were so close to the White House that the first to give them medical assistance were the agents who patrol the park and the members of the Secret Service, who are in charge of guard the presidential mansion. The four were transferred Thursday to the hospital in critical condition. On Friday afternoon, the Washington municipal police confirmed the death of a 29-year-old man whose identity has not been revealed out of respect for the family, which is being notified of the death. morning of the death of a neighboring couple from the town of Janesville (Wisconsin): James Mueller, 76, and his wife Donna, 75. The couple met when they were in high school and had traveled to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, according to the local Fox News network in Washington. They were almost retired: James Mueller had his own business and Donna had served as a teacher, though she was now working at a furniture store in Janesville. They had five children, 10 grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, according to Fox News. In a statement, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed “sadness” at the “tragic” deaths. “Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved ones and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” the spokeswoman said. The person still hospitalized for lightning injuries is a woman, but her identity is unknown. On its website, the US National Weather Service warns that lightning often strikes tall objects, so it is not advisable to take shelter under a tree during a storm. On average, about 23 people die in the United States a year from lightning strikes, according to the National Lightning Safety Council, a group created to educate about this phenomenon. According to that organization, the three deaths this Friday in Washington are the first caused by lightning since 1991, when a teenager died and ten other people were injured.
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