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Posted: Thursday, 22 August 2013 7:36AM

2 killed in central Ky. when lightning hits barn



RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky coroner says two men have died in Madison County where they were inside a barn when it was hit by lightning.

Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge told WKYT-TV that the men were killed near the community of Buckeye on Wednesday afternoon. Hodge says the site is in Madison County but he worked the case because he was initially called to the scene.

Hodge told the Lexington Herald-Leader the men were 25-year-old Scotty Elam Jr. and 29-year-old Bobby Lee Maggard, both of Lancaster.

Hodge said 10 men were hanging tobacco in separate barns. A group of men ran from one of the barns when a storm began to warn the others of the danger of lightning. Hodge said as they approached the other barn, lightning hit, killing Elam and Maggard.

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