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Farm Worker Killed, Two Others Injured by Parkland Lightning Strike

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  • A lightning strike killed a farm worker in Parkland on Wednesday.
  • Two others were injured in the incident that occurred at about 2:10 p.m.

A 53-year-old woman was killed and a man and woman were injured after lightning struck at a farm in Parkland on Wednesday.

Maria Francisco Pascual, who worked at the farm, died as a result of the lightning strike. Authorities did not release the identities of the injured victims.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. at Hendrix Farms on Loxahatchee Road, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department officials said.

The woman who was struck was transported and pronounced dead at the Coral Springs Medical Center. She was later identified as 52-year-old Maria Francisco-Pascual.

The man, who is in critical condition, was transported to Broward Health North. The other woman arrived at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with non-life-threatening injuries.

"We’ve always reported not to go outside in weather like this and when we’ve preached for years that lighting can be deadly and today is a prime example that is, in fact, the truth," Coral Springs Fire Div. Chief Mike Moser said. "Somebody lost their life today because of lighting."

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