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Montana Packers fan recovering after lightning strike

Associated Press

Tampa police officers talk to wtinesses after football fans were taken to a hospital with injuries after a lightning strike near  Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., after Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A lifelong Green Bay Packers fan from Montana was among a dozen people who were injured when lightning struck outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., after the Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3 on Sunday.

The force of the strike knocked Gary Linse, 73, of Billings into the air, causing him to land on his face and lose consciousness, his family told The Billings Gazette.

Linse's daughter, Rachel, said her father sustained bruises, cuts and a black eye and doesn't remember attending the game. He remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with a Packers-themed Christmas tree in his room.

Linse and his wife, Ruth, were visiting their daughter in Florida for Christmas. The Packers game was to be one of the highlights of the trip. Ruth Linse says they'll have to take in another Packers game as a family.