UPDATE: A local man's close call with lightning is a reminder for everyone. He was doing something most of us do -- all the time. He was talking on his cell phone while connected to the charger.
Mark Lyles didn't think twice when he was on the phone when it was storming outside. Now it is a lesson he will never forget.
It was a Sunday phone call with his mom that Mark Lyles will always remember. “Walking up the drive way and seen it was storming. I guess I shouldn't have been on the phone,” said Mark Lyles.
While still on the phone, he plugged the charger into the wall and the next thing he remembers “A flash and woke up on the floor that is all I remember.”
Lightning knocked him out. “Only thing I felt was in my leg and hand, it felt like someone shot me with a gun.”
The jolt from above threw him across the room. “I was against the stove, pretty far when I woke up in front of the stairs.”
Jason Clark with Lifeforce said indirect strikes are more common than a direct strike. “Around an object that gets struck like a tree, a tower or building the current follows a conductive path way and impact the patient that way,” said Clark.
An ambulance took Lyle to the hospital with numbness in his legs and finger tips. It could have been much worse. “Neurological damage, brain damage, nerve damage is the number one thing. Cardiac arrest, a heart attack.”
He can feel his legs again and doctors aren’t worried about any long-term issues for him. But he can't get over his close call with the Mother Nature. “Never in my lifetime, never figured it would happen. Hopefully won't happen again.”
He wasn't the only one who was struck by lightning Sunday evening; HCEMS has reports of another person struck less than 10 miles away from Lyle’s home.
PREVIOUS STORY: A man is now out of the hospital after he was shocked by an indirect lightning strike Sunday evening on Cooley Road in Harrison.
Amy Maxwell said the man was talking on the phone outside during the storm when he was indirectly hit by lightning.
HCEMS transported the patient to the Hospital for non-emergency evaluations.