Tourist dies after WA lightning strike

A German backpacker who was struck by lightning in rural Western Australia last week has died in hospital.

Stefanie Wiedenroth was working for a sheep crutching contractor near Bruce Rock, in the Eastern Wheatbelt region, when she was hit on Friday morning.

Ms Wiedenroth, who was aged in her early 20s, had been in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital but died on Monday, Worksafe confirmed.

It is understood her parents flew from Germany to Perth on the weekend to be at her bedside.

Four other people standing close to Ms Wiedenroth when the lightning hit were also reportedly thrown to the ground but were not seriously injured.

WorkSafe is conducting an investigation.

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