At least 6 people taken to hospital after lightning strike near Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk, N.C.

Several people hurt by lightning in Banner Elk

BANNER ELK, N.C. (WBTV) - At least six people were taken to the hospital after a lightning strike near the Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

The Avery County sheriff says lightning struck near the Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk Tuesday afternoon.

No one was hit directly, but some were knocked down.

Officials say none of the injuries believed to be life-threatening. There’s no word on the exact number of people who were injured.

The lightning bolt hit a tree and traveled to the pavement, causing the surface to buckle.

The Avery County sheriff says the people who were hurt by the lightning strike were sitting on rocks. The bolt hit the tree and went under the people and the pavement that buckled.

This is a developing story and no other details were given.

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