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Published June 3, 2020

Lightning hit traps truck occupants

CAMDEN COUNTY – The storms that rolled through the lake area last week caused a frightening encounter for four people on Memorial Day.

On May 25, at 5:00 p.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to Post Office Road off of State Road D for a tree that had been struck by lightning and then fallen onto an occupied vehicle.

First arriving firefighters found a large tree had indeed fallen on top of a truck parked next to a creek.

There were several downed wires around the truck and running through the creek. It was later discovered that the wires were for telephone and cable.

There were two occupants inside the truck and two occupants outside the truck.

Firefighters used chain saws to remove the tree from the truck and gain access to the two occupants inside the truck, where they were rescued.

Everyone involved was offered medical care at the scene and refused transport to the hospital.

According to the MCFPD, the incident occurred as the storm was approaching and the people were attempting to take shelter in the parked truck when the tree was struck by lightning and fell onto them.

MCFPD responded with two rescue/engines and a squad and were assisted on scene by the Camden County Ambulance District, The Camden County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri State Park Rangers and Laclede Electric Cooperative.

All firefighters cleared the fire scene at 6:00 p.m.

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