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Poughkeepsie Lightning Strike Survivor Tells What Happened

A bench at Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie near the tree that was hit Friday afternoon by a lightning strike that killed one man and injured four other people. A victim told Poughkeepsie Journal what it felt like.
A bench at Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie near the tree that was hit Friday afternoon by a lightning strike that killed one man and injured four other people. A victim told Poughkeepsie Journal what it felt like. Photo Credit: WABC 7 screen grab

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A survivor of Friday's lightning strike at Mansion Square Park told the Poughkeepsie Journal what it felt like.

Alexander Carr said the sun was out and it was light, but he saw "dark storm clouds" coming his way, the Journal report said.

That's when Carr, 55, who is homeless and had gone to the park bench to get his backpack, determined it was "time for me to vacate the park," he told the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The lightning strike, which occurred just before 4:30 p.m., reportedly hit a tree, sending electric jolts through benches and the ground in the immediate area.

One of the five people injured in a lightning strike late Friday afternoon at Mansion Square Park has died, authorities said Saturday morning.

The victims' names were not released by police, the Poughkeepsie Journal said.

“I couldn’t move my arm. My leg was totally shot, too. There was a man passing by. He came over and picked me up and put me on the sidewalk. And I was too scared to be on the sidewalk. I rolled myself over to the grass,” Carr told the Journal.

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