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Woman hit by lightning Thursday

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Gazette Staff
July 24, 2009
— A short thunderstorm Thursday afternoon provided little rain but caused a few problems in Rock County.

A 44-year-old woman was hit by lightning and treated in the emergency department at Beloit Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.


A report of a person struck by lightning was reported to the Rock County Communications Center at 12:47 p.m. Thursday, a dispatcher said.


A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon the condition of Jackie Jackson was not available because she still was being treated in the emergency room. An employee Thursday evening said she could not discuss Jackson’s condition or if she still was at the hospital.


The Clinton Fire Department responded to the scene at 9407 E. Waite Road, Clinton.


Jackson was standing in the doorway of a barn hanging on to the reins of a horse when she was struck, a spokesman from the fire department said.


Meanwhile, 800 Alliant Energy customers in the Janesville area went without power for about an hour.


Lightning blew out one of the circuits at the company's substation at 12:20 p.m. Thursday on the south side of the city, near the Avalon Road bypass, said Scott Reigstad, communications program manager.


The damaged circuit was repaired and power was restored at 1:10 p.m., he said.


“Lightning was definitely the cause” of the outage, Reigstad said.



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