Teenager struck by lightning at football practice

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning during football practice at a New Mexico middle school.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports the teen was hit about 5 p.m. Tuesday at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces police say the boy was rushed to MountainView Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in critical condition.

According to KVIA, Las Cruces Public School Communications Director Jo Galvan says the lighting hit tall trees in the back of the field, it became grounded, then spread through the field as the coach and players were walking toward the gym, making them fall.

One of the parents began to perform CPR, which is what kept the child alive long enough for paramedics to resuscitate and stabilize him.

Las Cruces Public Schools officials say two additional players and a coach were sent to the hospital, but they were conscious and responsive.

Authorities didn't immediately release the name of the teen or the other three people.

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