Man Survives After Struck By Lightning

A fire at a Tyler apartment complex Wednesday is being blamed on lightning.  Thankfully no one was injured, but a man standing on the other side of the complex was almost killed.

The storm blew through the area in a flash, catching folks like Scott Wehrman off guard.

"I looked outside, it was starting to sprinkle and noticed my truck my tarp was down so I came outside to adjust my tarp," said Wehrman.

Rain, high winds, and lightning, pounded much of South Tyler Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities believe a bolt of lightning started a fire at one end of "The Arbors" apartment complex.  At the other end, Wehrman had a problem of his own.

"I was leaning over (my truck) and I was pushing some of my stuff under (the tarp) to keep it from getting wet," he said. "I don't remember if I looked up and the light was on and it hit me or I was going backwards looking up but for a half second, a split second, I seen the gray clouds and a lot of these purple lights."
"At the same time I seen those lights I heard a sizzle and a loud snap."

That snap was a second bolt of lightning.  Instead of hitting the building, this one hit Scott, knocking him to the ground.

"I couldn't get up, I mean for like 2 or 3 seconds I was paralyzed."

After regaining movement in his arms and legs, he called 911.  Doctors say the lightning came in through Scott's head and came out through his foot.

"It's just a fluke, a fluke deal like I said I'm just really greatful somebody was looking out for me and I'm alive cause this is the stuff you hear about."

Scott has lost his sense of taste and sense of smell, but his doctors say that should return.

Chris Gibson, reporting