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September 02, 2014

Lightning strike (2)

lightning-bicycle-helmet.jpgPolice identify bicyclist struck in head by lightning in Maryland Heights

MARYLAND HEIGHTS • A bicyclist riding on the Maryland Heights Expressway was struck in the head by lightning and went into cardiac arrest Thursday evening, witnesses said, but Pattonville paramedics were able to revive him.  [...]

The incident happened about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, as Adams was bicycling south on the expressway about a quarter mile south of the Hollywood Casino, said Pattonville Fire District Batallion Chief Ken Aydelott.

Eagan said Adams worked in the Riverport area and was bicycling home. It was storming violently, Aydelott said, and passing motorists saw a lightning bolt strike his head. Eagan said Adams had a wound on his foot, so it was unclear where on his body he was initially struck or if the bolt had exited his foot. 

Adams fell to the ground, and the witnesses pulled over, called 911, and began CPR. Paramedics arrived within four minutes and began advanced life support, and they were able to revive him on the way to SSM DePaul Health Center.

"There were a lot of people involved trying to resuscitate this man," the chief added.

Aydelott said about half a dozen people were at the scene when paramedics arrived, and they risked getting struck by lighting as well.

"For those bystanders to get out of their car and help was really something," he said.

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