Lightning struck football player begins to breathe on his own

Three middle school students and a coach were injured by a lightning strike during football practice.

Officials in southern New Mexico say a 13-year-old middle school student who was critically injured by lightning during football practice is breathing on his own.

Las Cruces Public Schools spokeswoman Jo Galvan says Hunter Keffer's mother reported on his condition Tuesday night.

Additionally, she says two other students injured Tuesday evening also were transferred to El Paso after first being taken to a local hospital. She says their conditions were unknown Wednesday morning, and their names weren't being released.

Galvan says the boys were transferred because Las Cruces doesn't have a trauma center.

Meantime, the El Paso Medical Center says Keffer has been transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at El Paso Children's Hospital.

A coach also was injured in the strike. He was taken to MountainView Regional Medical Center.