Lightning strikes ambulance at crash scene

By Matt Lasley -

Lightning struck a Grayson County ambulance, knocking two people to the ground, at the scene of a crash on the Western Kentucky Parkway on Sunday afternoon, June 26.

At approximately 2:09 p.m. on Sunday, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bryan Hammons and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) responded to the 114 mile-marker on the eastbound side of the Western Kentucky Parkway to investigate a single-vehicle injury crash.

While Paramedic Benny Baxter and EMT Blake Schroerlucke, both of GCEMS, were in the process of loading the patient from the crash into the back of the ambulance, lightning struck the ambulance, causing both Baxter and Schroerlucke to fall to the ground, according to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

Additionally, Hammons was standing about a foot away from the stretcher, and the force of the lightning strike pushed him forward.

Grayson County Dispatch was advised that the ambulance was struck by lightning and both EMS crew members had been knocked to the ground.

Two additional ambulances were then dispatched to the scene.

Both Baxter and Schroerlucke were treated at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center emergency room and released approximately two hours later, according to Chaffins.

Prior to the crash, Rita Sanders, 54, of Leitchfield, was travelling east in a 2015 Nissan Rogue on the Western Kentucky Parkway when she hydroplaned in the rain.

The Nissan then went off the right side of the roadway and came to a rest down an embankment, the release states.

Sanders was complaining of head and neck pain as a result of the crash, but the release states that her injuries were non-life-threatening. She was wearing a seatbelt, and the vehicle’s airbags did deploy.

The Nissan sustained moderate damage in the crash.

The Clarkson and Leitchfield Fire Departments also assisted at the scene.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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