3 children hospitalized after lightning strike in Round Lake Heights

ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Three middle school students were taken to the hospital after a lightning strike in Round Lake Heights Thursday.

Around 7:20 a.m., police say the girls were waiting for the school bus near Lotus and Ottawa Drives when the lightning strike occurred.

The girls were huddled under a tree and trying to stay dry in the pouring rain.

All three were transported to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Carrington Monk, 13,  was among the injured. She is in eighth grade at Palombi Middle School.

"Yeah, it's pretty scary," her mother Charlene Monk said. "I got pretty shook up, initially, and then I had to calm down."

Carrington Monk is being held overnight for observation, her family told WGN News.

Due to privacy laws and and the ages of the injured, neither the hospital or the school district could provide information about the other two other than to say they are stable.