TWISP — A Gig Harbor couple escaped injury when lightning struck a tree and traveled through the car they were sitting in to wait out the storm.
The middle-aged couple, whose names have not been released, reportedly pulled over under a tree in the north-central Washington town of Twisp on Monday to wait out a lightning storm and heavy rains. Lightning apparently struck the tree, traveling through the car.
Mike Port, owner of Port’s Towing, told the Wenatchee World that his business towed the vehicle to Omak after the couple discovered two of their tires were blown and their car wouldn’t start.
A spokesman in the service department at Sunrise Chevrolet said the lightning also apparently disabled the vehicle’s anti-theft system.