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Lightning Strikes Car Carrying Family Of Five

A family's road trip almost ended in tragedy when their car was struck by lightning. Watch the terrifying footage below:

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Nathan Vanderhoof and Sarah Vanderhoof, from Kansas, US, were on their way to visit family in another state with their three kids last month and got caught in a pretty hairy downpour.

In shocking footage captured by a team of storm chasers at Live Storms Media, the family's Jeep can be seen driving along on the road ahead of them just north of Waverly, Kansas.

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Then, out of nowhere, three bolts of lighting strike the side of the car, killing the engine and stopping the vehicle dead in its tracks, with its lights all going out.

Luckily, Nathan and Sarah and their kids were all safe and hadn't suffered any injuries, except for feeling a little funny.

Credit: Live Storm Media
Credit: Live Storm Media

Speaking to LADbible, Nathan says they didn't know what was going on at the time.

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He says: "It's was all pretty crazy (I've used that word so much). We got detoured off the road we were on because of another wreck and were getting ready to turn onto that next road.

"Out of nowhere, it was really, really bright white and the four loud pops. Then our Jeep wouldn't do anything - I couldn't even turn on the hazard lights."

Nathan says it all just happened so quickly he wasn't sure what to think.

"In the moment we didn't really have time to think, but right after I realised we were struck by lightning," he tells us.

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Credit: Live Storm Media
Credit: Live Storm Media

"Looking back, I remember feeling 'something', whether that was from the lightning, adrenaline, or both, I don't know.

"My wife says she did feel tingling after, too, but whether that was from the lightning or adrenaline, again, she doesn't know either."

He added: "It's so weird watching the video. First of all, it is really cool.

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"But, it's so weird watching one of this really crazy, shocking videos and then think, 'That was us!'"

Credit: Live Storm Media
Credit: Live Storm Media

Nathan says he and his family were incredibly fortunate to make it out in one piece and believes it was in no small part down to the team of experts who were behind them on the road that day.

He tells us: "I also want to mention Carl who was the storm chaser following us.

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"He not only got it on his video camera but, helped us out the rest of the day.

"It's 100 percent God that we are all safe and that he was there, too. So thankful for him."

Featured Image Credit: Live Storm Media

Topics: Weather, Storm, Family, US News, Car

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