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Mum struck by lightning on school run becomes 14th person to die from phenomenon this year

Mum struck by lightning on school run becomes 14th person to die from phenomenon this year

The woman was struck by lightning near Seminole County elementary school

A mum who was struck by lightning on a school run has become 14th person to die from phenomenon this year.

Her daughter was among the multiple people who were struck and is expected to make a recovery, The Winter Springs Police Department have said.

In a statement, the police department said: "This afternoon we received reports of multiple people that were struck by lightning near Trotwood Park.

"Our officers and the Seminole County Fire Rescue responded and provided immediate lifesaving aid.

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"As a result, the mother and her child were transported to area hospitals.

"The City is respecting the privacy of the family due to the unfortunate passing of the mother.

"City staff extends our deepest condolences to the family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the mother.

Seminole County Public Schools also tweeted: "This afternoon one of our Seminole County Public Schools’ students from Keeth Elementary and a member of their family were involved in a weather-related event.

"Shortly after the scheduled start of dismissal, a rapidly developing storm resulted in the immediate suspension of dismissal procedures.

"Unfortunately, the Keeth Elementary Cougar and their parent were struck by lightning at/near Trotwood Park.

"Emergency responders transported both the student and parent for treatment.

"SCPS and Keeth Elementary School remain committed to the safety and security of all students and will continue to take safety precautions in the event of inclement weather.

"Additional counselors will be on campus to support students and/or staff impacted by this event. Our thoughts are with the families, students, and staff."

UNILAD has contacted Seminole County Public School and the Winter Springs Police Department for further comment.

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