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Girl nearly hit by lightning, then hit by car during severe storms in Germany

German media said the 12-year-old girl was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Credit: AP
Residents and firefighters stand in a street covered in mud and debris in the Lanzenbach district, after an overnight storm in Hennef, Germany, Saturday, June 5, 2021. (David Young/dpa via AP)

BERLIN, Germany — Authorities issued severe weather warnings Saturday for parts of western Germany, a day after a man was killed and a 12-year-old girl was seriously injured in separate storm-related incidents.

The German news agency dpa reported that lightning struck the ground close to where the girl was cycling, causing her to fall off her bike onto the road, where she was hit by a car late Friday. Dpa quoted the Duesseldorf fire service as saying she was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

In a separate incident, one man died and three were hospitalized Friday after torrential rain flooded a tunnel in the southern city of Stuttgart, toppling scaffolding that several construction workers were standing on.

Firefighters across western Germany were called to thousands of incidents, including several landslides.

The national weather service DWD said further storms were expected across central Germany on Saturday, with heavy rain and hail possible.