PEACHLAND — Two men have survived a lightning strike after being zapped in a rural Anson County thunderstorm.
The men were standing outside a home on Toothaching Road outside Peachland when a flash of lightning struck a pickup truck around 7:45 p.m. June 11. Reggie Butler, who was leaning on the truck, was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing. A man standing near him also was struck, officials said.
A friend administered CPR to Butler, who was conscious and alert when ambulances arrived, according to Rodney Diggs, Anson County emergency services director.
Butler’s friend was treated and released from Carolinas Medical Center- Union in Monroe that same day, Diggs said.
Butler was taken to Carolinas Medical Center’s main hospital in Charlotte. He was treated for burns and released on Saturday, according to Diggs.
Media outlets have reported a third man struck by lightning in the same storm, but Diggs said he wasn’t aware of any additional victims.
The lightning strike was reported on a rural street off State Road 1222 in southern Anson County within roughly a mile of the South Carolina state line.
— Imari Scarbrough