HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Officials with the Madisonville Fire Department said one person was struck by lightning on Saturday. Their condition is unknown.
In a Facebook post from Providence General Baptist Church, the man that was struck was outside flying a remote airplane. The church said he was flown to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
Update: According to a Facebook post on July 6, the man’s injuries were determined to be not life sustaining. The post said he passed away peacefully at 12:45 a.m. surrounded by family. This was confirmed by the Providence General Baptist Church. The family is grateful for the support and love in this time and asks for continued prayers for their family as they lay him to rest.
According to the CDC, about 40 million lightning strikes hit the ground in the United States each year. They say while the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are less than one in a million, almost 90% of all lightning strike victims survive.
This article was updated 7/6/22 at 6:17 p.m.