My Friend Hit by Lightning

One of the men in this story is a friend of mine. He has a 2 year old child. He has been a decan at my church for many years.

At present he is in a coma on a ventilator. Please pray for him and the other men.

BIG RAPIDS — Four men are hospitalized after a lightning strike at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

The four men were getting ready to use this directional boring machine to drill holes underground for electrical lines when a thunderstorm boiled up.

They headed for their cars through the small grove of pines when lightening hit one of the trees and injured all four men. Their hard hats were still on the ground where they fell hours later.

Tim Ward is a spokesman for the project manager, “I‘ve been doing this for 38 years and this is the first time i’ve been involved with something like this.

Ward says two of the men were in stable condition at a Big Rapids hospital and the other two were sent to Butterworth in Grand Rapids.

The men were working for J. Rank Electric of Mt. Pleasant and were part of a upgrading project on the Ferris State campus. “The site is secured. MIOSHA is coming out.They’ll do a preliminary investigation and they’ll let us know whether we can start work again in the morning,” Ward said.


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