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ROTC Cadet Carmela Kirkland 18,Dies From Lightning Bolt Strike….

ROTC cadet Carmela Kirkland, 18, of Dothan, Ala., has died at today 4:50 p.m., from injuries she sustained on Tuesday of this week, from a lightning bolt strike.(SOURCE)

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She was struck by lightning during a military training exercise at Fort Knox, while participating in  the Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox.

A second woman was also injured in the strike,but is still alive,fighting to recover from her injuries. She remains in stable condition.

The cadets were in training in the Muldraugh area about 3 p.m. ET when one of the cadets took a direct strike from a lightning bolt, said Anne Trophy, a Fort Knox media relations officer.(CNN)

The Leader’s Training Course the cadet was participating in is designed to qualify college students without ROTC experience for the advanced senior ROTC program on their campuses.

In all, more than 1,400 men and women in seven groups are going through the course, but the condition of one cadet in particular is on the mind of those involved in the program.

Army  officials say they acted fast in giving the cadet immediate care.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the cadet and her family,” said Col. David Hubner.

I remember the character from the movie, “The Mysterious Case Of Benjamin Buttons” who got struck with lightning at least 7 times throughout his life as he explains in the movie,and survived every one of them.

Lightning Strike Guy from the Benjamin Buttons Movie Starring Brad Pitt.

Lightning Strike Guy from the Benjamin Buttons Movie Starring Brad Pitt.

As we can see by these tragic results, life does not always work out as it does in fiction.

According to Wikipedia….About 2,000 people are injured by lightning strikes around the world each year. In the U.S., between 9-10% of those struck die, for an average of 40 to 50 deaths per year (28 in 2008). In the United States, it is the #2 weather killer (second only to floods).The odds of an average person living in the U.S. being struck by lightning in a given year is 1,700,000…(SOURCE)

Statistically, young adults and teens are the common victims of lightning bolt strikes here in the United States.

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For more on this story…

WAVE

UPI.com

WLKY.com

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