Airport Worker Survives Lightning Strike

An airport employee survived a close call with mother nature Wednesday night in Greenville. Authorities believe the woman was struck by lightning.

Pitt-Greenville Airport Director Jerry Vickers says the housekeeping employee was reporting to work around 6:00 p.m., during the height of a severe thunderstorm going through Greenville.

Vickers says the employee was walking toward the building with her umbrella and when she got to the glass and aluminum door she felt a burst and saw a flash of light.

Fire-Rescue transported the woman to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she was kept for several hours as a precaution.

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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    May have been the umbrella, and it may not. The aluminum on the building is as good at conducting electricity as the umbrella, if not more so.And if lightning is striking close enough to you to hit your umbrella, it's going to get you anyway!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    I stopped using umbrellas almost 25 years ago. They don't protect you that much and they're a hassle to mess with.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    Such a shocking development!
  • by Del Location: Greenville on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    All of us here at the airport are praying for Mary's God speed recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    Sorry to hear this person was hurt. Even as a child I was taught you do NOT use an umbrella during a thunderstorm. That is like asking to be hit.

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