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Ranch Hand Burned After Being Struck By Lightning

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old ranch hand suffered burns on the upper part of his body after being struck by lightning while moving irrigation pipe near Stevensville.
    
Three Mile Rural Fire District Chief Russ Giese says the man was flown by helicopter to St. Patrick Hospital after being injured late Thursday afternoon. Giese believed the man suffered second-degree burns.
    
Giese says no one witnessed the strike and the victim rode his motorcycle out to the road and a co-worker drove him to the ranch they worked for. He says the man had headphones in his ears and suffered burns along the wire that runs up to the earpieces.
    
Giese says there wasn't a storm over the immediate area at the time.
    
He didn't know the man's name.

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