Two men were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after lightning struck near them in a Rogers parking lot, according to the Rogers Fire Department.
Emergency crews responded to 401 W. Hudson St., a used car lot, at about 3 p.m. in reference to two adults who were injured by a lightning strike. One of the victims was unconscious when crews arrived. Both were incoherent, said Chief Tom Jenkins with the Rogers Fire Department.
The lightning did not strike the men directly, but the force nearby did hit them and caused trauma, Jenkins said. They were transported to a local hospital, where their potentially life-threatening injuries are being monitored, he said.
One of the men was a customer, while the other is an employee. The customer was transported to Mercy Hospital in Rogers, while the employee was transported to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. Both men are in stable condition, and the employee is still in intensive care, according to a hospital employee.