Yesterday evening, July 13, a man was killed in the city of Miaoli, struck by lightning while jogging, when a thunderstorm broke over the area.
The Miaoli City Fire Department received a report that at 6:25 pm, a man was struck by lightning on a walking path on the banks of the dam opposite the Miaoli National Agricultural and Industrial High School.
Fire service paramedics found a 31-year-old man named Liu with no signs of life and injuries consistent with a lightning strike. The concrete path on which Liu was lying was badly damaged, and one of Liu's sneakers was ripped off and badly damaged.
Liu was bleeding from his ears, abdominal bruises, lacerations and a puncture wound on his right calf. Liu was rushed to the hospital, but was presumed dead shortly after arriving.
A witness told police that he saw a man jogging along the embankment when suddenly lightning struck and the man fell. The witness said that at that moment he did not have a mobile phone with him, so he stopped several passers-by and asked them to call an ambulance.
Police said the site of the lightning strike was an open embankment with a straight concrete walkway about two meters wide, running north-south between Guishan Bridge and Touwu Bridge. On the west side there are roadside trees, and on the east side there is open land. There are steel railings on the east side of the walkway.