Tree trimmer taken to hospital after being struck by lightning

Published: May. 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM EDT
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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A tree trimmer was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning in Liberty Township.

The incident happened just after 9 a.m. in the 6700 block of Devon Drive.

According to a coworker, the man was up in a tree when there was a loud clap of thunder and a lightning strike. The victim said he blacked out for second, but was able to get himself down from the tree. He was taken to the hospital complaining of a numb left arm.

Two other men - one who was holding a rope and another who was near the wood chipper - were not injured. All of the men involved are employed by  JH&H Tree Service.

The coworker, Jim Thompkins, said it was lightly raining when the strike happened.

"The thunder came out of nowhere," he said.

An isolated thunderstorm cell moved through Butler County Wednesday morning, causing the lightning strike.

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