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Old 06-07-2014, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Very rare this would happen. Wonder if the truck was dragging a wire or something on the ground?

Surveillance footage in Canada captured lightning striking a car with a couple inside.

Video shows lightning bolt strike couple in car - CNN.com Video
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Sometimes it will reach right out and get ya.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Very rare this would happen. Wonder if the truck was dragging a wire or something on the ground?

Surveillance footage in Canada captured lightning striking a car with a couple inside.

Video shows lightning bolt strike couple in car - CNN.com Video
No captions o the video. What happened to them? to the car?
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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No captions o the video. What happened to them? to the car?
I heard the people were unhurt but they had to get a ride in the ambulance to the nearest Wal-Mart for new underwear.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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No captions o the video. What happened to them? to the car?
They are safe but airbags deployed and they couldn't open the windows probably because electrical system was fried. Some more metal parts melted. Man tried to escape but couldn't brake windows. Finally an officer who saw this happening came to their rescue.
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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It's amazing humans have survived lightning strikes after seeing the damage that did. We're always told being in a car is good because of the rubber, but being trapped in a car is not something you think of.

Another good reason to have a ResQMe window breaker: http://www.amazon.com/resqme-Origina.../dp/B000IDYKNC

Good for those times when you flip your car in an accident, drive into a lake, or get hit by lightning!
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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The rubber tires on a car have nothing to do with protecting the occupants in a lightning strike. 6" of rubber tire is not going to stop a lightning strike that's arced for thousands of feet between the cloud and the ground. What DOES protect the occupants of the car is the metal car body that surrounds them. That carries the electrical charge around them, not through them. That is why riding in a convertible with a canvas top (or the top down) through a thunderstorm is very risky. Also, driving through a thunderstorm with a window down and one's arm hanging outside of the metal body can also be risky.

Lightning strikes of automobiles, airplanes, and railroad cars are not that uncommon. Several years ago, I saw a vehicle traveling the opposite direction as I was hit by lightning not 200' from my vehicle. Amazingly, it sustained no significant damage and was able to continue on its way.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Vehicles and Lightning - National Lightning Safety Institute
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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I have a friend that was hit while driving a tractor, or rather the tractor was hit. Apparently people saw it happen, and told him that his hair stood on end. He felt nothing.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I heard the people were unhurt but they had to get a ride in the ambulance to the nearest Wal-Mart for new underwear.
LOL!

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They are safe but airbags deployed and they couldn't open the windows probably because electrical system was fried. Some more metal parts melted. Man tried to escape but couldn't brake windows. Finally an officer who saw this happening came to their rescue.
Thanks for that info.
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