Motorcycle rider struck by lightning on I-5

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 4:35 PM

A motorcycle rider survived after being struck by lightning on Interstate 5 near Centralia Thursday morning, then kept riding down the freeway.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes at milepost 76, but the rider kept going for another four miles before meeting up with paramedics.

Trooper Will Finn said the lightning strike blew out the padding inside the rider’s helmet.

A woman who saw the lightning hit the man called 911 to get him a paramedic.

"He's concious, he's breathing OK but he's almost ready to pass out. He is not steady on his feet at all," the witness told the 911 operator. She said the side of his head was burned.

The woman said the rider appeared to be in his late 50s or early 60s.

The rider was taken to Centralia Hospital. His official condition was not released, but the Trooper Finn tweeted that he is “doing well.”

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