Teacher struck by lightning in Federal Way … and walks away

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — A middle school teacher at a cross-country meet in Federal Way’s Celebration Park was struck by lightning Thursday.

“It was raining pretty good and we were getting ready to start our third and final race and a huge lightning strike hit, and one of our spectators, who happens to be a teacher and coach at one of our middle schools, was struck,” Jerry Krueger, a coach at Kilo Middle School, said.

The teacher, who was struck in the hand, was shaken up and disoriented, but paramedics checked him out and he was OK, Krueger said.

He was standing with a group of kids at the time he was struck by lightning.



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