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Man killed by lightning in Nigel

2012-11-09 08:25

Johannesburg A man was killed when lightning struck him under a tree in Nigel on Thursday, Ekurhuleni emergency services said.

Spokesperson William Ntladi said the man and a group of other men were hiding under a tree during a severe thunderstorm in Marievale.

A medical rescue team found the man unconscious under the tree.

"Attempts were made to resuscitate him but unfortunately he was certified dead on scene."

The other men were not hurt.

"A house was also struck by lightning and caught fire in Brentwood Park Benoni. On arrival the fire was extinguished resulting in minimum damage to the structure," said Ntladi.

In separate incident, a man was taken to hospital after he was hit by hail stones while walking along the Great North road in Benoni.

He was transported to Lin-Med Hospital by ambulance, He was in a stable condition.

Ntladi said several areas around Ekurhuleni experienced severe thunderstorms and flooding. The affected areas were mainly in Boksburg and Benoni.

Comments
  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-09 09:02

    "OH NO, I think we need to form a task force to find out why lightening kills people and charge this to the taxpayer !!!!!" May the poor mans soul rest in peace.......

      SharonE - 2012-11-09 09:43

      Done http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Dube-calls-for-lightning-probe-20110103

  • warren.rodel - 2012-11-09 09:09

    Shocking!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 11:03

      I wonder if the others bolted

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 09:42

    My mother taught me NOT to stand under a tree with lightning around.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-09 09:51

    When will people learn Trees are dangerous when there is lightning!!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-09 11:04

      Not all trees. Just very tall ones in open spaces.

  • eramokolo - 2012-11-09 10:35

    Oh my....Ntladi was the one that gave a statement in Northern Sotho....lightings that are sold are called tladi.....so u know he is behind this now....Im just saying

  • jonathan.m.livingston.1 - 2012-11-09 10:57

    "Eh, we have heard.. what have happened.. on.. that day.. Let it be known that.. WE WILL NOT REST! UNTIL WE KNOW..WHERE DOES THIS LIGHTNING COME FROM?!"

      andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-11-09 12:04

      hahahahahahahaha!Good one!

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-09 11:14

    Flash Gordon?!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-09 14:57

      Flashed Gordon

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-09 20:41

    @ Gerald I wonder how apartheid is featured here I think you much smarter than this dumb comment you have made

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