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Woman survives spectacular double lighting strike on her Toyota

By The Siberian Times reporter
16 September 2019

Video shows how RAV4 is hit twice, sparking huge flashes, paralysing the vehicle.

Woman survives spectacular double lighting strike on her Toyota. Picture: Galina Ershova

Driver Galina Ershova, 41, a circus artiste, recorded the alarming lightning strikes on her dash cam. 

The bright streaks are seen hitting the car in front driven by Anna Nakaznykh, in her 40s, a Siberian railways employee.

‘I was blinded for a split second, I grabbed the steering wheel with a death grip,’ said Galina as she watched the strikes.'

'It happened so quickly.’

Woman tells how she survived spectacular ‘double lighting strike’ on her Toyota


Woman tells how she survived spectacular ‘double lighting strike’ on her Toyota


Woman tells how she survived spectacular ‘double lighting strike’ on her Toyota


Woman tells how she survived spectacular ‘double lighting strike’ on her Toyota


Woman tells how she survived spectacular ‘double lighting strike’ on her Toyota
Quite miraculously driver Anna (pictured) was not hurt 


Galina saw how despite the flashes the Toyota RAV4 did not erupt in flames, but its engine was paralysed, during the incident in Novosibirsk.

‘The car didn’t catch fire and just made an emergency stop,’ she said. 

‘We thought that people were just scared and that was all.' 

Perhaps from shock, Galina did not stop - nor did anyone else - to help the stricken driver and her passengers. 

Later Anna posted: 'I was the driver. Everything is fine with me and the passengers.

‘I read the comments and I can say one thing, there were a lot of eyewitnesses, but no-one stopped.

‘They all just went on.We called a rescue truck to take away the car.

'It is now being repaired.’

Woman survies double-lightening strike on her car, video by Galina Ershova

Comments (5)

Here's the world record: Roy Cleveland Sullivan was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them.
Miss Nakaznykh has a good start. (It's a shame no one stopped to help her.)
JAYoung, Montana USA
26/09/2019 18:50
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Classic situation - happens more frequently that we know, this one just happens to be caught on video. Vehicles are faraday cages with the expected outcome. Very cool. Electronics did not fare as well as the driver.
Dan A, USA
22/09/2019 00:27
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@Gabriel , Malaysia
Next time try with your favore brand of car and see what happens.
Bohong , Algonquin Highlands, Canada
18/09/2019 09:04
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This video clip should have remove the Toyota. It's not Toyota that save her. It's her own luck. If Toyota is good, it wouldn't have been struck by the lightning at the first place .
Gabriel , Malaysia
17/09/2019 22:27
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Incredible story. Never a dull day in Siberia! She's very lucky: the car acted as a primitive Faraday cage and directed the current away from her. I hope her insurance was up-to-date :)
Mags Cadar, Cape Town, South Africa
16/09/2019 21:17
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