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Springfield man feels lucky to survive lightning strike

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SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

A Springfield man, who was stuck by lightning and lived to talk about it, said he is blessed to be alive after the horrifying incident.

The chance of someone being struck by lightning is slim to none.

"One in a million," David Allgood said.

Up until last week Allgood never thought that one could be him.

"The truck I drive was a solid steel '78 Silverado, and I was underneath a tree. I was barefoot and it was wet," Allgood said. "If there was a lightning bolt to hit me that day, it had my name all over it."

It was early Friday evening when Allgood saw a change in the weather, so he went outside to bring up the windows on his pickup truck at his Kinneys Road home. Just then, the strike happened.

"Boom," Allgood said, describing how the lightning strike sounded. "I remembered hearing the loudest noise I heard in my life, and it threw me back a few feet."

The bolt of lightning was heard all over Springfield. It struck Allgood and temporarily paralyzed him.

"It radiated through my body when I heard that noise," he said. "It was probably the scariest I've been in my life."

Allgood said after he regained feeling, he managed to crawl from his truck to his house, where he then called for help.

His aunt arrived within five minutes and drove him to Northcrest Medical Center.

Allgood was transferred to Vanderbilt Burn Unit, where doctors said he's lucky.

"'The burning, and markings it left on the outside, was the 'tip of the iceberg,' is what doctors said. Because the lightning passed right through my body," Allgood said.

The good news is Allgood's internal organs are OK, and he now gets to live to tell the story of being struck by lightning.

"I was in the right place at the wrong time," Allgood said while laughing.

That same lightning strike also sent a surge through Allgood's home, where it damaged many of his electronic devices.

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