Lightning Strikes Same Man Twice

Unlucky double-victim draws 2nd zap on anniversary of 1st
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2007 4:35 PM CDT
Lightning illuminates the night sky over Roswell, N. M., late Monday, July 2, 2007 as thunderstorms pass through the area. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record Marl Wilson)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A man celebrated the 27th anniversary of being struck by lightning with a second electrocution from above—and once again lived to tell the tale, the Guardian reports. The 68 year old was hiding from a Pennsylvania storm in a shed when he and four others were shocked by lightning; he had been hit at the age of 41 while driving a tractor-trailer.

The two-time victim survived the latest electrocution with only a burned zipper and a hole in his jeans. An American who lives to age 80 has a 1 in 5000 chance of being struck by lightning; no statistics were available for a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.