The odds of being struck by lightning in a lifetime are about 1 in 6,250, according to the National Weather Service. By being struck twice, 31-year-old Casey Wagner beat far greater odds.
The man, who was at an off-road competition in North Texas over the weekend, was standing under a tree when he was hit by lightning twice in close succession, he told KTVT-TV.
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"What I remember is just a loud boom and it dropped me to my knees and then it hit me again," Wagner told the station. "When I got hit, it was just two big ol' flashes and then sparks went everywhere."
A nurse at the event took care of him until he was taken to a hospital, where doctors monitored him until his heartbeat returned to normal. The plastic poncho he was wearing may have attracted the lightning, hospital personnel told him.
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He doesn't seem to have any permanent injuries, although he temporarily lost feeling in his lower right leg and part of his left arm.