Zavalla boy in deer stand injured after lightning strikes tree

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Zavalla boy has been taken to a Houston hospital after lightning struck a tree stand he was in Sunday evening.

Sheriff Greg Sanches said the lightning struck after nightfall, and one of two boys fell out of the stand. The other boy was stuck in the stand and was "dazed" from the strike, Sanches said.

The boy who had fallen was able to call 911 then ran around a mile to flag down first responders.

The other boy was taken to a Lufkin hospital and was having trouble with his breathing, so he was then taken to a Houston hospital.

"We don't know if he was having trouble breathing from a shock or because it just scared him," Sanches said.

Sanches said it appears the boys were hunting illegally.

"I don't want to be hard on them, because they're just boys, but they weren't supposed to be there," he said.

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