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Archive for Thursday, August 22, 2002

KU student struck by lightning

August 22, 2002

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A Kansas University student was hit by lightning Thursday near
Potter Lake on KU's campus.

A Kansas University student was hit by lightning Thursday near Potter Lake on KU's campus.

A Kansas University student was injured in a lightning strike shortly after noon on campus.

This radar image from the Nexrad 6 Weather Center shows the storm
cell that passed over Lawrence during the noon hour.

This radar image from the Nexrad 6 Weather Center shows the storm cell that passed over Lawrence during the noon hour.

Traci Pillard, 21, a senior from Salina, was going north down a sidewalk near Potter Lake when lightning struck a tree as she walked by. Pillard was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon at KU Med in Kansas City, Kan.

Witnesses said the student was talking after being hit. Her clothing was in shreds and pieces of her blue jeans were on the ground.



Witnesses said a bolt of lightning hit a sycamore tree just to the east of the sidewalk as the student walked by.

The student was taken to a track and field area just east of KU's Memorial Stadium to be transported by helicopter to KU Med.

For the latest updates, tune in at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Friday's Journal-World.

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