Lightning strike kills two, injures two near White House

A lightning strike killed two people and critically injured two others near the White House in Washington, DC late on Thursday, local authorities have said.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department said James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Wisconsin, died of their injuries after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park, directly outside the White House complex.

The two other people – a man and a woman – remain in critical condition, the police department said, without identifying them.

DC Fire and EMS had said that US Park Police and uniformed Secret Service agents, who are tasked with protecting the White House, had helped render aid to the four victims after the lightning strike.

A spokesperson said all four suffered “critical, life-threatening injuries” injuries, and were transported to area hospitals on Thursday night.

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