A scary situation occurred on the east-side of Michigan Sunday afternoon as Tri Hospital EMS and the Brockway Township Fire Department responded to the 8900 Block of Capac Rd in Lynn Township, MI after a report came in that a male had been struck by lightning. This report came from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office:  

At this time a preliminary investigation has concluded that a 58 year-old male from Clinton Township, MI along with a 62 year-old male from Warren, MI were in an open area gathering firewood when the 58 year-old was struck by lightning.

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Current Condition

The 58 year-old was transported from the scene by Tri Hospital EMS to the Marlette Regional Hospital before being transferred to Hurley Medical Center in Flint with critical injuries consistent with being struck by lightning.

The 62 year-old man sustained minor injuries in the incident and was checked out by EMS on scene. Deputies that responded to the scene reported that there were localized thunderstorms and periods of intermittent heavy rain in the area at the time of the incident.

Comforting Data

According to the CDC, there are roughly 40 million lightning strikes that hit the ground in the United States each year and roughly 90% of all lightning strike victims are able to survive the horrific event. The chances of getting hit by lightning are around 1/1,222,000.

The best we can hope for is this gentleman is able to recover without any major damage done or serious lingering injuries from the incident. Many times, serious brain damage can occur after the lightning strike shuts down the nervous system and possibly sends the victim into cardiac arrest.

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