St. Louis mail carrier injured by lightning

Friday, August 20, 2010 | 6:37 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A mail carrier in suburban St. Louis is recovering after being indirectly hit by lightning.

St. Charles Fire Department Capt. Dan Casey told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it happened during a thunderstorm around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Casey says the man was delivering mail in a truck when he touched a metal mailbox. Lightning hit something nearby and traveled through the mailbox, shocking the mail carrier.

The man was alert when paramedics arrived but was taken to a hospital for chest pains and shortness of breath.

In June, a 34-year-old mail carrier was killed by lightning in another St. Louis suburb. Thirty-four-year-old Christina Jones was struck while delivering mail in Jennings. She died a short time later.

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