Road construction worker hit by lightning in Mono County

Lightning strike graphic by MGN.
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BRIDGEPORT, CA (KOLO)-- A mechanic working for a California Department of Transportation contractor was struck by lightning Thursday in Mono County, Caltrans spokeswoman Florene Trainor said.

The mechanic was laughing and joking as he was loaded into an ambulance to be taken to a Reno hospital so the injuries did not seem life-threatening, Trainor said.

The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. at a maintenance yard at the Sonora Junction at U.S. 395 and California 108, Trainor said. The mechanic had just gotten out of a pickup truck and lightning hit the truck and then him, Trainor said.

He works for Road and Highway Builders, which is working on a highway shoulder project for Caltrans.

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