A country music fan is in intensive care after being struck by lightning while attending the Country Thunder music festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. 22-year old Brittney N. Prehn was talking on her cell phone in the Country Thunder campground during a storm when lightning struck on Friday morning (July 20).
Reports indicate that Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responded around 12:36AM. ABC 7 reports that Prehn was in serious condition and transported to the Northern Illinois Medical Center. She was then transferred to the Loyola University Medical Center and, according to a relative, is in the ICU.
Officials say that lightning struck Prehn in the ear and ran through her body, exiting through her foot. A witness to the incident told reporters that the strike caused one of Prehn’s shoes to “explode off” her foot while the other was black and burnt. A hospital employee told media that the victim has facial injuries caused by “significant damage” to her cellphone.
The sheriff’s department says they have not found any evidence that Prehn was acting in an unsafe manner when she was struck.
The 2018 Country Thunder Wisconsin festival began on Thursday (July 19) and runs through Sunday (July 22). Its headliners are Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith.
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