Strikes Car on Utah Highway
May 6, 2005
A woman driving down Utah State Road 201, on the west side of Salt
Lake County, escaped serious injury when a lightning bolt struck
her car. The vehicle went through the bolt, which landed on the
road about 4:10 p.m.
afternoon lightning bolt destroyed the car's windshield and a side-view
mirror and caused the airbags to deploy. However, The driver, Aline
Devaud, was able to maintain control of the car and and only suffered
a few minor injuries, said Utah Highway Patrol Officer Jay Watkin.
"I thought the tire had blown
out, my car was just in the shop yesterday, so I thought those darn
mechanics... what did they do wrong? Ha Ha Ha!" Devaud said.
Witnesses said the car had been hit
by a bright lightning bolt. It created a huge hole in the passenger
side of the windshield and took a chunk out of the pavement below.
"Absolutely amazing. I've never
seen anything like it. Absolutely amazing," said officer Watki