Sheriff: Man struck by lightning near Raisin City

The Fresno BeeFebruary 28, 2014 

A man was struck by lightning southwest of Fresno near Raisin City late Friday morning.

Fresno County sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice the 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was struck about 11:15 a.m. near Manning and Garfield avenues, Curtice said.

An investigation determined the man had gone to that area to seek employment at an oil derrick. Workers found the man unresponsive and drove him to Manning and Grantland avenues, where they were assisted by a deputy sheriff who performed CPR while waiting for paramedics. The man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment.

Hospital staff confirmed the man’s injuries are consistent with a lightning strike, deputies said. An entry wound was discovered near the man’s left armpit and exit wounds were found on his feet.

He was not working at the location where he was struck, and there were no witnesses to his injury, deputies said.

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