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Men struck by lightning while changing a tire

The men were changing a tire on this car The men were changing a tire on this car
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials say two men were struck by lightning in central Albany Tuesday night as storms moved through southwest Georgia.

Just after 8:30 p.m., John Clyde, 21, was hit by a bolt of lightning,  as he was working on a car outside a home at 711 West 1st Avenue, according to witnesses.

Neighbors say Clyde was over at  Zaki Davis' house.  Davis was also struck but it wasn't as bad as the strike to Clyde, who is in critical condition. 

They were changing a tire on a car in the driveway next to a large tree when the strike hit. Davis told WALB's Wright Gazaway it wasn't raining when they started working.

Authorities said the strike sent Clyde into cardiac arrest. 

Witnesses performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was then rushed to Phoebe Putney Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, as of 11:00 Wednesday morning.

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