SALMON, Idaho -- A 38-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Tuesday, according to Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman.
Michael Haslett was herding cattle around 4 p.m. at the Hot Springs Ranch, a University of Idaho-owned research facility. Two other men were with him. Haslett and the horse he was riding were both struck by lightning, Bowerman said. The horse died at the scene.
Haslett was taken to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon where he was later pronounced dead.
The other two men who witnessed the accident were not hurt.
Bowerman said a wild weather system moved through the area Tuesday that included rain, hail and lightning strikes that appeared to dance on the ground. The thunderstorms passed over in about a half hour.
Haslett was a father of two, and was hired by the University of Idaho as a ranch laborer in January.
Funeral arrangements for Haslett are pending.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at the Salmon River Funeral Chapel in Salmon.
A fund has been set up to help Haslett's family cover expenses. Contributions can sent to the Mike Haslett Memorial Fund c/o U.S. Bank Salmon Branch, 501 Main Street, P.O. Box 100, Salmon, Idaho, 83467.