Lightning strikes Paso Robles man’s pickup
July 21, 2015
Lightning struck a Ford pickup truck on Highway 101 on Sunday, but the man and dog inside only suffered minor injuries. [KEYT]
Paso Robles man James Benson was returning home from delivering birthday presents to his granddaughter in Templeton. He had just passed the Highway 46 off-ramp when lightning struck his vehicle.
The lighting cracked the windshield and ripped off the antenna. It also shut down the electrical system, including the power steering and power brakes.
Benson’s head hit the mirror, and his chest hit the steering wheel. But, when another man came running over to the truck, Benson said he was all right, and he asked the man what happened.
The other man informed Benson that lightning hit his truck.
Benson said he never saw the lightning. All he could remember was a loud boom and the windshield cracking. He described the sound as the biggest noise you would ever want to hear.
Benson’s dog Buster suffered some bumps and bruises. The lightning did scare the devil out of Buster, though, Benson said.