We’re told from a very young age to avoid being caught out in the middle of an open area during a lightning storm, stay away from trees, don’t be the tallest thing around, and if at all possible, go inside. But after watching this video and hearing what the couple had to say to CTV News Edmonton, you may end up rethinking those childhood instructions. See why above.
It’s not every day that you find yourself driving in a thunderstorm, but what appeared to be an easy drive quickly turned for Al and Betty Perry along Highway 14 near Tofield, Alberta, Canada. That’s because, while driving, the couple’s truck was struck by lightning, which happened to be caught on surveillance footage from a nearby manufacturing company.
Now, you might be thinking that this is not the first vehicle to ever be struck by lightning and you’re probably correct, but for a single bolt of lightning to seemingly target the truck when much taller sources of conductivity were around is scary to say the least.
According to CTV News, Al Perry described the noise upon impact as sounding like a sonic boom. The strike was not only deafening, it also deployed all of the airbags in the Perrys’ Chevy pickup, rippled the metal body, melted certain components and took out the truck’s electrical system, rendering the Perrys unable to unlock either the windows or the doors to escape.
With smoke filling the truck’s cabin, the Perrys were desperate to escape the Chevy when a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, who happened to be driving by, pulled up to the truck and helped the Perrys get out.
After the incident, the couple was checked over by doctors and said to be alright. Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration their undoubtedly different opinion on driving during a storm in the future.