Nanny Injured by Lightning Strike Nearby

By Amanda Raus and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Monday, Jul 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:06 PM EDT
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Nanny Injured by Lightning Strike Nearby

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A nanny was taken to the hospital after lightning struck nearby as she was bringing children into their Ridgefield home on Monday morning.

The nanny, who is in her 50s, was in a car with a 10-month-old and a 3-year-old when the storm hit and wanted to get them inside because she thought it was safer than staying in the vehicle, according to fire officials in Ridgefield.

The woman had taken the 3-year-old inside and was on her way back to the car to get the infant when lightning struck nearby, officials said.

The woman was conscious and alert when emergency crews arrived. She had been holding an umbrella and said she felt pain on the side where she was holding it. 

The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation.  The baby was also evaluated and is OK.

The storm also caused flooding and brought down power lines in Ridgefield.

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