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Audio: Phone calls to 9-1-1 made after lightning struck group in Florida

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Dec 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-22 11:17:49-05

"They're not getting back up off the ground!"

Those were the words of a caller to 9-1-1 after lightning struck and injured multiple people early Sunday evening at Raymond James Stadium after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the Green Bay Packers.

"Can you tell if they're breathing?" asks the dispatcher.

"I'm not over by them," the frantic caller says.

Listen: http://bit.ly/1AXZKSH

 

Another caller said, "There are four people down, and some of them are bleeding."

Listen to that call here: http://bit.ly/13wtQSz

As of early Monday morning, one of the injured is critical, according to Tampa Fire Rescue reports.

The victims were in Lot 14 which is located near the corner of Himes and MLK Boulevard, according to WFTS staff in Tampa.

 
 
"Just heard the boom and then the smoke over the cars and then we come over an it is our car," said Terry Halvorson, a Wisconsin native whose Lincoln was hit by the bolt told WFTS.
 
According to fire crews, four people drove themselves to the emergency room, and the remaining seven were taken via ambulance.
 
Patients were being treated at St. Joe's Hospital and are between the ages of 20- to 70-years old.
 
"Some had thought rocks flew up and hit them," Halvorson said of the victims lying on the ground.
 
Halvorson's car had to be towed.  She told WFTS their plans to return home Monday were delayed.