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Lightning strike blasts highway, sends huge chunk of tarmac through Ford windshield

Two people were injured in this incident

5w ago

Driving in bad weather can be an incredibly dangeous and treacherous affair. In fact, in 2019 alone, more than 67,504 weather events resulted in 570 deaths and 1,746 injuries. It is such a high cause of fatalities and lightning is a big contributor.

This Ford pickup was driving along when suddenly lightning struck the road and a large chunk of it lifted off he ground and went straight into the windshield of the car. Unfortunately, two people were injured in this incident, but it isn't known how badly.

As you can see from these photos, the damage is pretty bad and almost stretches throughout the entirety of the windshield. It's quite remarkable and not something we have ever seen before.

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Comments (10)

  • Weird marketing for the new Lightning pick up

      1 month ago
  • Looks like a bituminous tar highway or highway surface ?

    I wonder :

    ( a ) if the tar reached an explosive combustion point , from the heat and / or electrical excitation of the hydrocarbons in the tar resulting in the debris becoming airborne ?


    ( b ) if 1950s era concrete and steel highways are less likely to explode under these circumstances ?

      1 month ago
    • The theory could in theory be tested in the Aussie outback ... say between Winton and Lavarack .

        1 month ago
  • Good job the tarmac hit the bonnet/hood first otherwise the injuries could have been worse.

      1 month ago
  • Is that blood on the windshield?

      1 month ago