Avocado Picker Shocked by Power Line in Tree: Miami Fire Rescue

The man in his 40s sustained serious injuries

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 11:22 PM EDT
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Cooper City Teen Says He Felt Helpless When Lightning Struck and Threw Him From Tree

The man was using an extension rod to pick avocados.

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Cooper City Teen Says He Felt Helpless When Lightning Struck and Threw Him From Tree

A Cooper City teen is recovering in the hospital after lightning knocked him out of a neighborhood ficus tree Thursday and left him with spinal fractures and a huge gash on his head. Stefan Marton described being struck by lightning, while his mother Dorina Marton agreed that he shouldn't have climbed up the tree in the rain.
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A man was shocked by a power line while picking avocados in a tree Wednesday, Miami Fire Rescue said.

The man in his 40s was using an extension rod which touched the power line, knocking him unconscious, Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll said. The incident occurred at 3651 Northwest 15th St.

A witness helped the victim in the tree until paramedics arrived. The man regained consciousness shortly thereafter, Carroll said.

He sustained serious injuries and was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, Carroll said.

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