One man was killed and two others were hospitalized following a lightning strike in Miami-Dade Monday. Witness Janet Suarez and Police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard comment.
One man was killed and two others were hospitalized after they were struck by lightning in southwest Miami-Dade Monday, authorities said.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. at 17198 Southwest 212th Street, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
The two survivors were taken by ground to Kendall Regional Medical Center where they were in stable condition.
Friends identified the deceased victim as Andres Telles, who was in his 30s. The other men were identified as Fidelmar Montero and Miguel Lopez
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, the men were hiding under a tractor trailer to escape the lightning when the trailer was struck by lightning. It's believed the electrical charge then hit the men.
"We went outside and all three of them were on the ground," said witness Janet Suarez, who said the men were power-washing a truck.
Her son, Dominic Rodriguez, tried to help Telles.
"His body was very hot, his face wasn't a normal color," he said.
Rodriguez said he was able to help Lopez.
"I put my hand behind his head because he was bleeding," Rodriguez said. "When he came back, he didn't remember anything, he was saying in Spanish that he was going to hit me but he didn't know anything."
Officials said the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
The National Weather Service had issued weather advisories for frequent to excessive lightning for portions of Miami-Dade before the incident.
"Anytime you have a thunderstorm, no matter where you are, we do advise individuals to seek some type of shelter, we do recommend that you do not stand underneath a tree or close by metal objects," Miami-Dade Police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard said.
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