2 Texas men killed when lightning strikes tree

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 12:32 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Two men are dead, a third injured after they were struck by lightning during a thunderstorm in Houston.

A sheriff's spokesman says a men's league soccer club had been playing on a field today when it began to rain around noon.

The men decided to seek shelter underneath some nearby trees.

Lightning then struck one of the trees, killing one of the men. Two others were also hit and transported to a Houston hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead.

The third man remains in stable condition.

The Houston area has been drenched by rain the past week, flooding between 50 and 100 homes.

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188-a-14-(Deputy Thomas Gilliland (GIHL-ih-land), spokesman, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman, in AP interview)-"on the Gulf Coast"-Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland (15 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *188 (07/15/12)>> 00:14 "on the Gulf Coast"

186-a-15-(Deputy Thomas Gilliland, spokesman, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman, in AP interview)-"males were standing"-Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland says two men were killed by a lightning strike as they were playing soccer in a field in Houston. (15 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *186 (07/15/12)>> 00:15 "males were standing"

187-a-09-(Deputy Thomas Gilliland (GIHL-ih-land), spokesman, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman, in AP interview)-"out of the rain"-Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland says the soccer players thought they'd be safe under trees, but that's not a good place when there's lightning striking. (15 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *187 (07/15/12)>> 00:09 "out of the rain"

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