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Lightning Death A 'Freak Accident'

One of two doctors who treated Boy Scouts hit by lightning as they slept in a log cabin says he can't figure out how it happened. He calls it an "absolute freak accident."

Both physicians, who were at the remote Utah Boy Scout camp when the incident took place, spoke with co-anchor Harry Smith on The Early Show Thursday.

One of the four Scouts who were struck, Paul Ostler, 15, died.

Two of the other three were flown to the University of Utah burn unit. The third was treated for minor burns and released.

Dr. Stephen Morris, a trauma surgeon, and Dr. Morris Matthews, an anesthesiologist, were still at Camp Steiner Thursday.

It's in Utah's Uinta Mountains, some 60 miles east of Salt Lake City, at an elevation of 10,400 feet, making it the highest Boy Scout camp in the country, and a magnet for lightning.

"We were in a camp adjacent when we heard the thunderbolt and saw the light,"

. "We knew it was very close, but we had no idea that it actually struck the shelter. We were first concerned about our own kids and people, and saw that everyone was safe. And then, within a minute or two, we heard a call for a doctor. And Morris and I … came over from our camp to theirs."