Lancaster Men Killed By Lightning Strike Now Part Of State Statstics

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 8/22/2013 6:26 pm
The Garrard County Coroner confirmed the two Lancaster men killed by lightning did indeed die of electrocution.

The coroner said they were among four other men in a barn on the Madison-Garrard County line who were hanging tobacco.

"This is the first time in my career here that I've ever had to deal with any type of lightning strike," said EMT Michael Mullins, who works for Garrard County EMS.

The coroner agreed, saying it was the first lightning deaths he'd seen in his 11 years.

It's with good reason--fatal lightning strikes in Kentucky are uncommon.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the two men who died by lightning strike were the first in the nation in four weeks.

In the past three years, there have been three other deaths by lightning in Kentucky:
        -In 2012, a 67-year-old died in Lexington while installing a watering system outside.
        -In 2010, there were two: one in Fort Knox, when an 18-year-old was seeking shelter in a        military field, and another in Russellville, where a 16-year-old was struck while digging for potatoes

Officials said the incident Wednesday night was a freak accident--but to remember the threat is always real.

For more information on how you can avoid lightning strikes and other helpful lightning tips, you can visit the NOAA website.
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