A motorcyclist was killed in Florida after lightning cracked his helmet and sent him off the road Sunday.
The 45-year-old man was riding southbound on Interstate 95 when he was struck, ABC News reported Monday. Officials said the man was killed at the scene.
This is what’s left of a 45 year old man’s helmet after he was struck by lightning, while riding his motorcycle southbound, on I-95 in Volusia County this afternoon. Unfortunately he did not survive the crash. pic.twitter.com/uFklUPY8r1
— FHP Orlando (@FHPOrlando) June 9, 2019
A Virginia state trooper who was off duty reportedly saw the incident, according to ABC. The man’s identity has not been disclosed.
The chances of getting hit by a lightning bolt in a given year is 1/1,222,000, according to the National Weather Service data. Nearly 50 people on average are killed by lightning in the U.S per year.
A New York man was recently thrown 20 feet in the air after getting hit by a lightning bolt, but evaded life-threatening injuries.
The National Weather Service makes several recommendations for lightning safety including avoiding open fields and to pull over and wait a half hour after the last thunder before riding on a bike or motorcycle.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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