Friday, September 06, 2013 9:20 am
Washington motorcyclist survives lightning strike
The Associated Press
Washington State Patrol Trooper William Finn says the biker was driving on Interstate 5 through the town of Chehalis when the lightning hit Thursday.
Witness Martin Zapalac told KOMO-TV the man had just passed him when he and his bike "lit up." The biker managed to pull over on the highway shoulder, and the witness drove with him to a nearby gas station.
The 59-year-old motorcyclist was treated locally for burns to his ears. He was then taken to a Seattle hospital, where he was reported in satisfactory condition.
Chehalis firefighter Steve Emrich tells the Chronicle of Centralia that the Tenino man suffered "basically a direct hit right through the helmet," and is lucky to be alive.