Evans County teen injured by lightning during football practice

Friday, Aug 14, 2009 7:51 AM
Last updated Tuesday, June 1, 2010 8:36 PM
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BELLVILLE - A 14-year-old boy was struck by lightning and seriously injured during football practice at a private school in rural Evans County, authorities said Thursday.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing a cloud of dust outside Pinewood Christian Academy when lightning struck Wednesday, sending football players scrambling from the practice field, said Claxton Fire Chief Harold Rogers.

Evans County Sheriff Randall Tippins said the injured student, William Dalton Raulerson, was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where he was in serious condition Thursday.

Severe thunderstorms swept through Southeast Georgia on Wednesday, but authorities said skies were clear outside the school when the lightning struck.

The National Weather Service says lightning from thunderstorms can travel 10 miles or more and strike under seemingly clear skies.

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charliemanson 08/14/09 - 10:46 am
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Hope the kid gets over it

Hope the kid gets over it and doesn't let this deter him from playing sports.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/14/09 - 01:03 pm
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Prayers for his family and

Prayers for his family and him.

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imdstuf 08/14/09 - 02:07 pm
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I hope if this was an

I hope if this was an organized practice the coach is held responsible. I follow college football reports and note that Florida State even calls off practice if there is thunder in the area.

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hr69 08/14/09 - 02:23 pm
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Severe thunderstorms swept

Severe thunderstorms swept through Southeast Georgia on Wednesday, but authorities said skies were clear outside the school when the lightning struck.

The National Weather Service says lightning from thunderstorms can travel 10 miles or more and strike under seemingly clear skies.

Did you not read this part imdstuf? In what fasion whould you want the coach held responsible?

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