MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/6/14) — Lightning may not strike the same place twice, but it struck the same man at two separate times during Wednesday night's storms.

George Pointer, an employee with the Kentucky Department of Transportation in Madisonville, was called in to work around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“When I arrived at our shop, I got out of the truck to unlock our gate, and while unlocking our gate, lightning hit somewhere really close,” Pointer said. “It was close enough that the surge of the lightning back fed through the fence and lit my world up.”

It was an unimaginably painful experience, according to Pointer.

“It hurt extremely bad,” Pointer said. “Everything went white. It took my breath, and it honestly felt like my heart stopped beating for just a split second.”

Yet it was over in an instant.

“My hands fell off the gate, thank God, and it was over. As quick as it had happened, it was over,” Pointer said.

It took a moment for Pointer to realize what had happened.

“Honestly, for a second, I thought I was dead,” Pointer said.

Pointer was an electrician for many years and has been hit by electricity four or five times before, he said. He has also been tazed while working in criminal justice.

“Those are very painful, but none of them — none of them — compare to the jolt of electricity I got from that gate,” Pointer said. “That one lit my world up. It was the most extremely painful thing I have experienced in my life.”

The shock did not keep Pointer from continuing with his work. After having his pulse taken by a co-worker, he went on to an intersection in town needing attention due to storm damage.

“That intersection was at Main and Arch,” Pointer said. “Once arriving at that intersection, the light was on flash, so we opened the cabinet that works those lights.”

It was while resetting the stoplight around 8:30 p.m. that Pointer was struck a second time.

“Lightning hit again at the Madisonville Police Department and back fed through the ground into our electrical cabinet, and I got shocked again,” he said.

According to Pointer, he continued to work until approximately 10 p.m. when his safety supervisor encouraged him to go to the hospital.

“The doctors and nurses ran a lot of tests,” Pointer said. “Two of them came back abnormal. The doctor explained both were caused by electrical shock.”

Though the jolts lasted only a second, the pain lingers, Pointer said.

“My left arm, my left leg, and the lower left side of my back was hurting really bad,” Pointer said. “My arm and leg still hurt. All of it is muscle pain. It feels like I worked out for six months without ever stopping.”

Pointer said it is important to be as safe in storms as possible.

“Be cautious. Don't take anything for granted when you're outside anywhere around lightning,” Pointer said. “I never would have thought this would have happened.”

At the end of it all, Pointer is glad to be alive.

“Without a doubt I definitely feel blessed,” Pointer said. “I thank the good Lord I was protected that night. It could definitely have been a lot worse than it was.”

Ami Clayton
SurfKY News Reporter
SurfKY News Photo-Video/Ami Clayton your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

PSAD Introductory Classes for High School Students, Community Members Begins Oct. 17

PADUCAH, Ky. (10/9/15) — Working a potter's wheel, learning to draw the human form, creating a unique piece of jewelry,… Read More

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - Oct. 9, 2015

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/9/15) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Oct. 9. David W.… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4878

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4795

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 4119

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3809

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3283

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13452

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11508

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 10, 2015 1148

25-Mile Car Chase on Pennyrile Ends in Two Arrests

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 868

Travis Ipox Appointed as New Agency Manager of…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 854

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 778

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 655

OPINION: No Simple Answer to Violent Attacks

by Ron Sanders
October 09, 2015 626

2016 Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 545

Rider Killed in Motorcycle Collision with Bucket…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 518

LG&E, KU Utility-Scale Solar Facility…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 463

McConnell Comments on Court Decision Halting WOTUS

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 446

A.G. Conway Issues Statement Regarding Sixth…

by SurfKY News