Lightning strikes ambulance as EMS workers load patient into it

Lightning strikes ambulance as EMS workers load patient into it

CLARKSON, KY (WAVE) - Two EMS workers had a close call with Mother Nature when an ambulance they were using to load a patient into was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon.

At around 2 p.m. Grayson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bryan Hammons responded to the 114 mile-marker on the eastbound side of the Western Kentucky Parkway to investigate a single-vehicle injury crash.

While paramedic Benny Baxter and EMT Blake Schroerlucke were in the process of loading the patient, 54-year-old Rita Sanders of Leitchfield, from the crash in the back of the ambulance, lightning struck it, causing Baxter and Schroerlucke to fall to the ground.

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Hammons, meanwhile, was standing about a foot away from the stretcher and the force of the lightning pushed him forward.

Two additional ambulances were dispatched to the scene. Both EMS crew members were treated at Twin Lakes ER and released approximately two hours later.

Sanders suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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