I never thought that a lightning strike could be so dangerous in a vehicle. Luckily, as the driver attests, there was an officer who suddenly appeared at the window.
On Saturday, Al and Betty Perry were driving along Highway 14 near Tofield, Alberta when out of the sky came a massive bolt of lightning. It hit their silver Chevrolet pickup truck instantly filling the vehicle with smoke.
The airbags deployed and the metal body was rippled by the heat. Parts of the truck were completely melted. Al said he believed the electrical system inside the truck was destroyed as the doors and windows were locked and would not open.
The entire ordeal was captured by a security camera. The footage shows the truck come into view before the lightning bolt strikes, engulfing the vehicle in a fireball. Flames then shoot out of the back of the pickup. It is a freak occurrence also witnessed by an RCMP officer a few hundred metres away who just happened to be passing by.
The Mountie used his baton to smash out the window. He said he jumped back in case there was fire in the vehicle. When the smoke started to dissipate he was able to help the Perry’s out of the truck.
Doctors told the Perry’s the bolt doesn’t seem to have affected them in any physical way. Al believes the smoke could have killed them though and credited the officer from saving them from suffocating.
Follow the link above for the video. It’s a good story of someone being at the right place at just the right time. I never thought about lightning frying the electronics and locking you IN! Amazing it didn’t ignite the fuel.