Coroner: Woman dies after being struck by lightning in Stewart County

(Courtesy: WNCN)

STEWART COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 65-year-old Clarksville woman died late Thursday morning after apparently being struck by lightning.

Stewart County Coroner Greg Barrow said the woman, now identified as Francine Crowl, was camping at Piney Campground in Dover when the tragic accident happened around 11:50 a.m.

According to a Piney Campground employee, storms moved through the area and Crowl was leaning on a tree.

Lightning hit that tree and sent potentially millions of volts of electricity through her body.

Campground manager Rickey Daughtry says they have their own sirens in case of a tornado watch or warning.

They also have rangers who patrol the grounds.

However, it’s up to campers, hikers, and bikers to use the proper precaution during a thunderstorm.

“Look at the weather forecast before you head out,” Daughtry said. “If you do go out and a weather event starts, take that step and maintain shelter or pull back and go home and maybe come out at a different time.”

Barrow confirmed that the victim appeared to have died from a lightning strike, but an official autopsy will be completed to determine the cause of death.

According to the National Weather Service, your chances of being struck by lightning in any given year is 1 in 1,190,000.

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