Lightning Strikes Pickup Truck

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On Saturday, Al and Betty Perry were driving along Highway 14 near Tofield, Alberta when out of the sky came a massive bolt of lightning. It hit their silver Chevrolet pickup truck instantly filling the vehicle with smoke.

On Saturday, Al and Betty Perry were driving along Highway 14 near Tofield, Alberta when out of the sky came a massive bolt of lightning. It hit their silver Chevrolet pickup truck instantly filling the vehicle with smoke.

“It’s an awful feeling to have,” said Al. “I saw our lives passing before my eyes.”
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The airbags deployed and the metal body was rippled by the heat. Parts of the truck were completely melted. Al said he believed the electrical system inside the truck was destroyed as the doors and windows were locked and would not open.

“I put my two feet up against the window and I tried to kick the window out…I don’t know how many times I’ve tried and tried and tried,” he remembered.

The entire ordeal was captured by a security camera. The footage shows the truck come into view before the lightning bolt strikes, engulfing the vehicle in a fireball. Flames then shoot out of the back of the pickup. It is a freak occurrence also witnessed by an RCMP officer a few hundred metres away who just happened to be passing by.

“One thing I know for sure, I will take this to my grave…if that police officer wouldn’t have been there, we wouldn’t be here,” Al said assertively.

Just days after the terrifying ordeal, the couple celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary and will now look forward to many more.