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Two Lightning-related Deaths in Gary

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September 20, 2013 — Authorities have identified the two people killed after lightning strikes in northwestern Indiana.

The Lake County coroner’s office says 28-year-old Angelo Santucci of Hobart was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour after he was injured Thursday.

Emergency crews were called about 11:30 a.m. Thursday to where Santucci was working on a billboard along Interstate 80/94.  Santucci suffered multiple burns and went into cardiac arrest.  A partner working with him wasn’t hurt.

The coroner’s office says 45-year-old Jacquelyn Allen died after suffering severe burns in a fire at a Gary home about 5 miles northeast of the billboard.  A nine-month-old child was taken from the house to a Chicago hospital, but information on the child’s condition wasn’t immediately available.

 

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