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Three soccer players in Houston struck by lightning

Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says rain halted a men's league soccer club around noon on Sunday and the players all run for cover under some nearby trees.

By Associated Press / July 16, 2012

Sheriff's Deputy Joe Shriver points to where he saw the first victim that was killed by a lighting strike at a soccer field on Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Houston. Two men have been killed and a third injured after they were struck by lightning during a thunderstorm.

Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle/AP

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Two soccer players are dead and another is injured after lightning struck a tree that they were standing beneath to shelter from a storm in Houston.

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Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says rain halted a men's league soccer club around noon on Sunday and the players all ran for cover under some nearby trees.

Gilliland says lightning struck one of the trees, killing one of the men. Two others were also hit and taken to a Houston hospital, where a second man was pronounced dead.

The third man is in stable condition at Ben Taub General Hospital.

Authorities have not released the names of any of the men.

The Houston area has been drenched by rain the past week, flooding between 50 and 100 homes.

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