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September 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Lightning-struck motorcyclist discharged from hospital

A Tenino motorcyclist who was struck by lightning on Interstate 5 during a rainstorm Thursday morning was released from Harborview Medical Center today, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg says.

The 59-year-old man, who has not been identified, was riding along the freeway near Chehalis when he was hit by the bolt of lightning.

Martin Zapalac and his wife were driving behind the motorcyclist and saw the lightning strike. Zapalac said that they saw the man drive onto the shoulder and collapse.  When the motorcyclist pulled off his helmet, the hair on the right side of his head was singed and his ear appeared blackened.

The motorcyclist was in the intensive-care unit at the Seattle trauma center this morning, Gregg said.

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