Motorcycle rider hit by lightning moved to intensive care

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM

A man who was struck by lightning while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 5 has been moved to the intensive care unit and his condition has been downgraded.

A Harborview Medical Center spokesperson said the man is in serious condition, but the injuries are not life threatening. He is conscious and awake and doctors are monitoring his condition.

The man, in his late 50s, was previously listed in satisfactory condition. The hospital did not say what changed to cause him to be moved to ICU.

The rider was struck in the helmet by lightning near Centralia Thursday morning. A person who saw it happen called 911 and helped get him to paramedics.

The lightning strike blew out the padding inside the rider’s helmet.

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