Two New York Teens
Struck by Lightning
July 7, 2007
Two teenage girls from Schenectady,
New York were injured by a lightning strike during a violent thunderstorm.
The 16 and 18 year-old teens were seeking shelter under a tree on
Eastern Parkway, when it was struck by lightning.
Schenectady police quickly arrived on the seen, and Medlight was
called in to airlift the 18-year-old to Albany Medical Center. The
16-year-old was taken to Ellis Hospital with minor injuries to her
Officials said that the bolt of lighting
struck the tree about 25 feet up and traveled all the way down the
trunk, splintering a path of bark along the way, and hit the two
girls who were standing not more than five-feet away. They say the
burst of electricity traveled up through the girls' feet, buring
the 18-year-old who was standing closest to the trunk on her feet,
ankles, legs, stomach and chest. The names of the teenagers are
not being released.
Fire officials say the strike could very easily have been fatal.
"It was a storm that blew up out of nowhere, very quick, very
fast moving- but very violent,: Schenectady Deputy Fire Chief Scott