Saturday, 25. October 2014
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A motorist had the shock of his life when a bolt of lightning struck a lorry going in the opposite direction.
The man was driving home near Wroclaw, a city in western Poland, and had attached a camera to his windscreen to film the torrential rain which had flooded the city when the lightning struck.
On the video, which the driver posted onto YouTube and which already has over 120,000 hits, he is heard shouting "F**k!" as the lightning creates a ball of fire as it slams into the top of the lorry.
Polish road safety expert Jozef Wieczorek said: "Instances where vehicles are hit by lightning are extremely rare simply because they are sitting on rubber tyres, and that means they don't earth the electricity through the vehicle. When it does happen all that usually takes place is that the electricity goes round the vehicle, and that seems to be the case here.
"If you look at the video you can see that the lightning seems to go round the lorry before it hits the central reservation and the central crash barrier, leaving a red hot glowing spot that quickly vanishes behind the car.
"It seems as if the lightning was destined for the crash barrier which is metal and the truck was simply in the way. The reason there was no report of an accident is because the truck was probably not damaged although it would have made a deafening bang inside the cab."
Police confirmed there were no reported injuries or accidents on the A8 motorway where the lightning strike happened.
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