Seasonal farmer killed after struck by lightning

A 30-year-old woman has been killed after she was struck by lightning during the storm that hit Mpumalanga yesterday.

The tragic incident occurred at Friedenheim, a farming operation owned and run by the Timbali Technology Incubator.

Timbali Technology Incubator spokesperson Busisiwe Mkhize said the deceased was a seasonal farmer who worked mostly in the nursery on the farm, Mpumalanga News reported.

“Siphiwe was working in the field when there was a flash lightning and she collapsed,” said Mkhize.

She added ER24 was contacted and when paramedics arrived they resuscitated the woman before rushing her to Mediclinic Nelspruit and admitted to ICU where she later died.

“She had only been with us for a year, but she was a valued and loved member of the Timbali family. Our hearts go out to her family and children,” said Busisiwe.

She said trauma counselling has been made available for the Timbali staff.

In a separate incident, a 26-year-old man died after being struck by lightning while walking home along Zuurfontein Road near Kempton Park, on the East Rand, last year.

The deceased, Jack Lindani, was on his way to his Mayibuye area home from Kempton Park Home Affairs when he was struck by lightning at about 2pm.

Sebenza police spokesperson Sergeant Sharon Tsotsotso said: “A woman who was walking behind Lindani, witnessed the incident. She rushed over to him and saw the injury on his head where the bolt struck him. He also had burn wounds on his chest, stomach and left leg and was already dead.”

Tsotsotso added Lindani was struck out of his shoes and his socks, shirt and pants were torn.

– Caxton News Service

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