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Construction worker dies, another hurt by lightning in Dunn County

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A construction worker has died and another has been injured after being struck by lightning in Dunn County.

According to sheriff’s officials, the two men were building a pole shed at a construction site in rural Menomonie when they were struck Tuesday and fell from their ladders.

The construction crew had suspended their work earlier in the day when storms and heavy rain moved through the area. But, work later resumed when they believed the weather had improved.

Authorities say the man who died was 60 and was not breathing when first responders arrived.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported.

The other worker, a 20-year-old man, suffered serious injuries from the lightning strike and from a fall from his ladder. He was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

The names of the two men have not been released.

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