July 27, 2009

Lightning strikes car, no injuries

A Florida woman said she, her 4-year-old son and a 17-year-old friend were uninjured when a bolt of lightning crashed through her car.

Michelle St. Val, 23, said she was driving Friday evening on Interstate 595 toward the airport in Fort Lauderdale to pick up her brother when her car lit up like it was Christmas, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

It was a huge boom, and then lightning completely took over the car, she said.

St. Val said the 2003 Chevrolet Impala lost power and began drifting across three lanes of traffic.

She said the car came to a rest and she noticed her son, Mikyal, had escaped from his car seat and crawled into her lap during the incident.

No one was injured at all, she said. But it was scary. I never thought a storm would choose my car.

A Florida Highway Patrol officer determined the bolt of lightning had hit the upper-left corner of the rear window before traveling through the frame of the car and blowing a hole through the rear tire on the opposite side.