Thailand couple ID'd as Arizona lightning victims

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - According to a Coconino County Sheriff's Office report, two victims of a deadly lightning strike in northern Arizona have been identified.

Officials announced Friday that the victims were Aram Kawewong and his 20-year-old wife Ratchaya Tantranon.

Both were from the city of Chiang-Mai in northern Thailand. A relative says Kawewong's age was 30.

Authorities say a lightning bolt struck Tuesday afternoon in the area of the LeFevre Scenic Outlook on state Route 89A in Fredonia.

Sheriff's officials released a photo of the scene that showed a broken rock on the wall of the overlook.

They said it's believed the couple was standing on the rock seat beneath the wall when the lightning struck and they were pronounced dead at the scene.

A minor, whose identity will not be released, was also struck by the lightning and was treated on scene for non-life threatening injuries.

Officials say he is not related to the couple that died.



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