Lightning strike sends 4 to hospital in Stouffville

York Regional Police say one of the four is in critical condition...

One man is in critical condition and three others are in stable condition in hospital after being struck by lightning at a golf course north of Toronto.

York Regional Police say the incident happened just before noon Tuesday at Bethesda Grange Golf Course in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Witnesses at the golf course say they heard a horn warning them to get off the course and shortly afterwards heard a loud crack, believed to be the lightning.

Some of those at the scene rushed to assist the injured golfers by giving them first aid and CPR.

Police say a 51-year-old man from Thornhill, and two Toronto men, aged 53 and 56, are in stable condition, while a 60-year-old-man from Richmond Hill is in critical condition.

Peter Epstein, one of the first people to reach the injured, says one of the men had no vital signs but was revived by an ICU nurse who happened to be playing golf, and a firefighter who arrived.

He says the man, who he described as ``dead'' when found, had many burns and melted clothing.

``His hat was just melted, it was just completely blown off his head,'' he said.

He said the golfers who were hit appeared to be in the same group, about 100 metres from the clubhouse.

``We heard the horn ... and then the next thing you know, just this big flash and bang, all at the same time,'' said Epstein, who was at the golf course for a tournament. ``It was wild.''

Environment Canada had earlier issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southern Ontario, including Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

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  1. HP posted on 06/17/2014 03:01 PM
    Every year idiots need reminding that golf clubs make great lightning loss, though, if they can afford to play golf on a Tuesday morning, they must be Liberal leaches, not like the hard working Conservatives who have to work and give their employers an honest day's work.
    1. Alex posted on 06/17/2014 04:06 PM
      @HP You couldn't be more wrong, you wrong-headed Wrongy McWrongerson, LOL

      Only PC voters can afford to go golfing, because only evil greedy fat cats and the fascists who support them vote PC. And Italians, I guess, but they're just too dumb to know any better.

      So really, this news article is a comedy instead of a tragedy. Just pull the plug on 'em! LOL
    2. kenfromcanada posted on 06/17/2014 06:30 PM
      @Alex So donny p(utz), I mean Alex, I mean..... I read this and thought of you:

      '........ was diagnosed with bipolar II two years ago, after years of being told he had depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rituals of obsessive thinking fuel his rage, he can be angry for days on end and though he doesn’t yell the whole time, he’s just “not a happy person to be around.”

    3. Alex posted on 06/17/2014 06:40 PM
      @kenfromcanada "Ken," eh? That's a wop name if I ever heard one. And just what charming publication are you quoting? Is it the psych evaluation of one of those fascist ba$tards who stop to think about "costs" and "sustainability" when our union lords pass their decrees?
    4. john posted on 06/18/2014 10:39 AM
      @Alex careful Alex keep it up u are asking for a ass whooping .
  2. john posted on 06/18/2014 10:32 AM
    sense people like to blame bad stuff on mike Harris i am going to start blaming Katleen Wynne for bad things that happen . so here gos .

    1. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/18/2014 10:35 AM
      @john After the Libs got elected the gas prices went up.
      Proof that the Lieberals are bad news for Ontario.

      Wynne means SPEND and SPEND till the end.
  3. john posted on 06/18/2014 10:42 AM
    bankruptcy in T minus 2 years .
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