Lightning strikes moving car

Published 5:00 am Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lightning may not strike twice in the same place, but a LincolnCounty woman was in the wrong place for one lightning strikeWednesday afternoon.

Marsha Copeland was driving west on Highway 84 in her 2001 whiteChevrolet Monte Carlo just before 2 p.m. Wednesday when lightningstruck the vehicle, said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department ChiefDeputy Johnny Hall. The strike, produced during a brief summerdownpour, knocked out her car’s electrical system.

“She’s fine, but she probably will need a whole electricalsystem,” Hall said.

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There was no other reports of damage to the vehicle, hesaid.

Incidents like Wednesday’s are not common, he said.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of lightning striking amoving vehicle,” he said.

Sheriff’s department officials said they had not dealt with anyother fallout from the summer storm, nor had they had reports ofany other incidents of lightning around the county.

“We haven’t heard of any other lightning strikes, and nothingelse as a result of the storm,” Hall said.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. RustyBoyd said there were assorted minor wrecks throughout Troop M’sjurisdiction, including Lincoln County, but that his troopers hadhad no other reports of lightning.