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Hazleton man survives lightning strike

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HAZLETON — An Eastern Iowa man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning in Western Iowa.

Severe storms ripped through the western portion of the state Sunday night. Crawford County Emergency Management said winds reached up to 70 miles per hour there.

Sunday night Danny and his son, Derrick, from Hazleton, were out in the weather near Denison. The trained spotters thought they were at a safe distance, but their passion turned perilous when lightning hit Danny and just missed Derrick.

Both are thankful to be alive to tell the story.

Derrick’s camera captured video as lightning struck. He said it hit 20 feet in front of them. The family believes that a branch of the lightning hit Danny or that current came through the ground.

“Maybe five or six seconds after the lightning strike I remember I’m yelling his name,” Derrick Murphy said.

“I don’t remember thunder, I don’t remember a flash,” Danny Murphy said.

Derrick, however, remembers the details. His dad was standing on the driver’s side of the car; he was crouching down on the passenger side.

“The hairs on the back of your neck stands up, and within a half a second later the lightning struck,” Danny Murphy said.

“It blew me back and I hit my head on this,” Danny said as he pointed to his car door.

He said seconds later he got up he rushed to his dad’s side.

“I do remember shortly afterward that I was paralyzed for a while. I was worried about that because I really can’t remember moving my left foot,” Danny Murphy said.

“I was about to break down. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought I was going to have to take him home and bury him,” Derrick Murphy said.

It’s a thought that makes him think twice about getting so close to the storm. For the duo who calls themselves 2DSTORM, it won’t stop them from doing what they love.

“It’ll take time to get back on our feet for it. I think we will, but we will stay a lot farther away,” Derrick Murphy said.

Danny is recovering in a hospital in Sioux City. Derrick said his dad is expected to make a full recovery and could be home in about a week.

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