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Man possibly struck by lightning in St. Joseph County

A 51-year-old man is recovering after he was possibly struck by lightning Tuesday.

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Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.

A St. Joseph County man is recovering after he was possibly struck by lightning Tuesday.

Phil Shafer, 51, was about to bring a Bobcat into his father’s barn to get it out of the way of an oncoming storm on Tuesday, Aug. 26, when lightning struck, according to a report from WSBT.

Doctors were not sure if Phil Shafer was directly struck by lightning or if the lightning hit the Bobcat.

Shafer told WSBT he had stepped up to the Bobcat and was about to sit down when he saw a flash of light, heard a deafening clap of thunder and found himself lying on the ground.

"It felt like somebody hit me in the head with a shovel,“ he told WSBT. ”I've got such a headache. I went to the hospital, and they gave me a pain pill, and I still have such a headache right now. My neck is sore and shoulders."

"When he walked around the corner and fell on the floor, all wet and muddy, and I asked him what had happened and he'd already called the ambulance himself,“ Phil Shafer’s father Paul Shafer said.

The Shafer family said they have learned an important lesson from the incident.

"When it's lightning out, you hear these stories but you don't ever think they will happen to you,” said Pat Shafer, Phil’s mother. “I’m sure we will get inside out of storms and be very cautious now.”


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