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Lightning strikes SUV on Interstate 75 in Broward County

Driver not injured, but roof antenna, electrical system of Nissan Rogue damaged
FHP lightning strike Nissan Rogue
Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-14 17:00:02-04

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — A driver wasn't injured after lightning struck a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 75 in Broward County.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Gregory Bueno said lightning struck a 2018 Nissan Rogue while it was traveling along the stretch of I-75 known as Alligator Alley near mile marker 30.5 shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The lightning strike, which took place during a thunderstorm, damaged the roof antenna and electrical system of the SUV.

It also left a 7-foot-long, 4-inch-wide gouge in the pavement.

Bueno said the driver -- a 48-year-old Naples man -- wasn't injured.

The SUV was towed away.