Texas Man Gets Struck By Lightning Causing His Shoes And Socks To Fly Off, Somehow He Survives
Getting struck by lightning is something most people never think about. We drive through storms, fly through storms, walk around the city during a storm and some not so bright people even swing metal sticks around a golf course during storms.
But getting struck by lightning does in-fact happen, even though we rarely hear any stories about it. According to the National Weather Service there have been 19 reported lightning fatalities in the U.S. in 2019.
Alex Coreas of Texas decided to take his dogs to a dog park just north of Houston and while he was leaving he was struck by lightning.
You can see the accident happen at the 20-second mark of the video and it’s pretty damn scary. The quick spark seems to hit just behind his feet causing him to immediately fall forward.
Luckily for Coreas there were people around that were able to help him after saying the strike caused his shoes and socks to fly off of his body.
“His shoes and his socks got blown off his feet,” Christy Mittler, a clinic worker at the Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital, told KTRK-TV.
Another bystander who was nearby, Corey Hart, told Storyful he was waiting to pick up his daughter from the veterinary clinic when he heard the “incredibly loud sound” of the lightning strike and saw Coreas lying on the ground in the rain.
“The whole front of his shirt was burned,” Hart told Storyful.
Coreas was airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital and according to his family suffered fractured ribs, fractured temporal bone, a swollen eye, bruising and other muscle ruptures.
For those more worried about the dogs than the human in this story – I know you’re out there, don’t lie – all three were later found and unharmed.
It’s incredible Coreas is standing and in good spirits just days after a freak accident that could’ve ended much, much worse.