WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. – What was supposed to be a day spent mud bogging ended instead in tragedy Saturday afternoon when a Florida woman was killed by a lightning strike as thunderstorms rolled through Hamilton County.
Kourtney Lambert of Branford and others were huddled under a camper trailer at Woodpecker Mud Bog in White Springs shortly before 3 p.m. when the lightning struck, according to an incident report.
The lightning bolt at first hit a tree and then apparently traveled roughly 20 feet to the camper where Lambert, 23, and others had sought shelter from the storms, the report stated.
Family members were performing CPR on the woman when a deputy, flagged down by a witness, called for an ambulance. She was taken to the hospital, but did not survive.
"We did CPR. We tried to bring her back. She was gone," one witness said.
A second person was hospitalized in the incident. That person's name and condition were not released.
Lambert, who worked at Dixie County Learning Academy, was described by a coworker as a "valuable member" of the team there.