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A lightning bolt killed two rock climbers at the...

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- A lightning bolt killed two rock climbers at the top of famed Half Dome overlooking Yosemite Valley, sending one hurtling 4,000 feet to his death, park officials said Sunday.

Three companions were injured, two of them critically, in the unusual accident during a lightning storm Saturday night, officials said.

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The climbers were sitting in a cavern on top of the monolith around 6:30 p.m. when a series of lightning bolts struck the climbers and started several small fires.

A park spokesman said one of the victims was struck on the head, went into convulsions and plummeted 4,000 feet to his death from the famed cliff, which was the subject of an April 'Wide World of Sports' television segment.

The five were among a group of nine visitors who came to the park Friday night. Only the five attempted the rugged hike to the top of Half Dome, a spokeswoman said.

Killed was Brian Jordon, 16, of Hayward, the National Park Service said. The identity of the second fatality was withheld until relatives were notified.

Tom Rice, 28, of Los Gatos, and Bruce Weiner, 24, of Mountain View, were hospitalized at U.C. Davis Medical Center where both were in critical condition, a spokesman said. Adrian J. Esteban, 24, of San Jose, was treated and released.

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