Tourist couple killed by lightning near White House

A couple of tourists died this Friday after being struck yesterday by lightning near the White House, the residence of the President of the United States in Washington. Two other people remain hospitalized.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 74, died as a result of injuries sustained in Lafayette Park, the square in front of the White House, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police on Friday, whose information is made echo the agency Eph.

The couple was visiting the city from Wisconsin and along with two other people, whose identities were not disclosed, sought shelter under a tree when a strong storm hit the Washington metropolitan area at dusk.

The four people were found in a wooded area near the equestrian statue of former US President Andrew Jackson.

Before the arrival of the emergency services, they received the assistance of the Park Police and the Secret Service, in charge of protecting the presidential residence.

Firefighters reported shortly after the event that two men and two women had been taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition.

With information from EFE.

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