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post #1 of 4 Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 8:58 am Thread Starter
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motorcycle struck by lightning?

read a quick thing in the local paper today about a biker near Denver getting zapped and killed whilst riding? there were eyewitnesses, according to the news article. has anyone ever heard of that before. new one for me...
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post #2 of 4 Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 9:21 am
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Nope...never heard of it.
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June 22, 2006
WESTMINSTER, Colorado - A motorcyclist died after apparently being struck by lightning while riding in rush hour traffic on a highway between Denver and Boulder, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing a flash of light shortly before the motorcyclist struck the highway's center concrete divider, Westminster police spokesman Tim Read said in a statement.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. His motorcycle came to rest about 150 meters from where lightning blasted an 18-by-8-inch crater 4 inches deep that blew chunks of asphalt across the highway and slightly damaged other vehicles.

The man was wearing a helmet.

The highway, U.S. 36, was closed for about two hours as police investigated.
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1996, a motorcyclist in Washington was struck by lightning while riding his motorcycle during a thunderstorm. A bolt of lightning struck a tree near the motorcyclist, traveled along the trunk of the tree, then jumped from the tree to the motorcycle and the rider's feet and groin.

On 24 August 2003, a 59 year old male motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Colorado highway 24. At approximately 4:45 pm MDT (2245 UTC), 1.5 miles southeast of Lake George, Colorado, he was struck and fatally wounded by a lightning flash

Sept 05 Gunnison county, 23 miles north-northeast of Almont: A man on a motorcycle was struck by lightning while traveling east on Forest Road 759 which parallels Italian Creek.

56-year-old man was killed by lightning just south of Eagle Grove in Wright County. He and his 54-year-old wife were riding a motorcycle

Aug 03 A man was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by lightning. The man was stopped at a light when he was struck

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