Did you know that the odds of being struck by lightning are 0.0002%?
In any given year, the odds of being struck by lightning are about 1/500,000. This means you have a 1/2, 500,000 or 4/5 chances of survival after being struck by lightning. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for a NASCAR fan in Long Pond, PA.
Upon the conclusion of the Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series, one NASCAR race fan was killed and nine others injured after being struck by lightning. The incident happened just before 5:00 pm occurring in the parking lot behind the stands. The race was called after 98 of the scheduled 160 laps were completed due to severe thunderstorm watch.
According to track president, Brandon Igdalsky, he confirmed the fan died in route to the hospital. Of the others injured, one fan was transported and listed in critical condition, three others were sent to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, and five others were treated at the track’s medical center and later released.
Track officials released the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved in today’s lightning strike at the Raceway. Unfortunately, one of our fans, who was critically injured, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg…We ask for our fans to please keep all affected, and their families, in your prayers.”
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a personal injury such as this, please contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. Our firm has experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injuries such as this, along with car accidents, burn injuries, and wrongful death claims, just to name a few. Call us today at 404-400-4000 and let us start representing you! The initial consultation is free, and we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.