Sisters, 18 and 12 years old, died from lightning strike during a Norwegian mountain hike



Two Norwegian sisters were killed in a lightning strike while hiking in the mountains of southern Norway, and a third, two sisters, was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, officials said.

Benedict Mercet, 18, and sisters identified as 12-year-old Victoria Mercet from Oslo were struck by lightning in the mountains of Haleido on Sunday.

At the time of the accident, they were at a popular destination, Mount Melthorn.

Haleid officials said a sister but unnamed third party in the same family was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

She was then transferred to a larger hospital in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city.

Bergen is 191 miles northwest of Oslo.

In a statement, Mayor of Haleid Bernd Brandal called it a “very tragic event” that no one could have predicted because the weather “changed so quickly.”

Norwegian broadcaster NRK said more than 800 lightning strikes were recorded in the area on Sunday afternoons and evenings.

No further details were available.

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