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2 dead, 1 critical after being hit by lightning

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A sheriff says two women who were tubing on a northern Michigan river when a storm hit were killed in a lightning strike, and a man was critically injured.

Oscoda County Sheriff Kevin Grace says the accident happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Big Creek Township, about 75 miles north-northwest of Bay City in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Grace said that the 54-year-old Lewiston women were tubing on the Au Sable River when a storm hit and were taking shelter on the shore when the lightning struck.

He identifies them as Lisa Mann and Cheryl Nickert-Keyser.

The sheriff says 57-year-old Robert Mann of Lewiston was critically hurt. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital of Michigan in Saginaw and remained in intensive care Sunday.

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