19-year-old survives lightning strike

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 26, 2012

A 19-year-old Elba man who was truck by lightening on Monday is reported to be in good condition and regaining mobility.

Ashton Davis was washing his truck at a Hickman Avenue car wash in Elba when an intense thunderstorm blew into town. With the water hose in his hand and two minutes left on the timer, he thought it was safe to finish.

Tuesday, he said he remembered a loud pop, saw a ball of fire, and the next thing he was remembered was being thrown against the wall of the car wash. He managed to crawl to his truck and dial 911.

He was treated at Elba General Hospital and transferred to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Initially, he had limited mobility in his left arm and let, and no feeling. Tuesday, the feeling was returning, but his limbs were still weak. The only visible sign of the near-tragedy was a slight burn on this thumb.

–from The Elba Clipper