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.