Lancaster Men Killed By Lightning Strike Now Part Of State Statstics

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
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.
Share
Most Popular
36 Blitz: Rowan Co. Vikings
Ray Graham Returns To School He Led During Early 80s Stint Video Video
Tornado Watch Extended For Parts Of Kentucky
The tornado watch has been allowed to expire for some counties as planned at 8 p.m. Sunday, but most of the watch has been extended until 2 a.m. Monday.
UPDATE: Lexington Man Found
Lexington Police found an elderly man missing.
Tree Goes Through Family's Bedroom
Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. on Carver Road a tree slams into a family’s home.
Neighborhoods Picking Up The Damage After Severe Storms
On Sunday afternoon strong storms moved into the Lexington area causing extensive damage to multiple neighborhoods.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.