Jul 25, 2014 8:41 PM by Matt Fernandez

Woman nearly hit by lightning

MT. BIGELOW- A woman is lucky to be alive after she was nearly hit by lightning.

Coleen O'Leary was camping on Mount Bigelow Friday with her son. She was in the middle of trying to start a fire when the storm came and lightning struck a tree about 15 feet from her.

"I saw a flash of white and thunder at the same time," said O'Leary. "I was knocked off my feet. I fell right on my rear. I have bruises on my back."

O'Leary received only minor injuries and did not go to the hospital when emergency crews arrived.

Moments later, emergency crews responded to a tree on fire. The Mt. Lemmon Fire Department believes that fire was started from a lightning strike.


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