MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It was just after 2:00 on Wednesday when lightning and tragedy struck at a barn off Oscar Ray Road in the Buckeye community.
“There have been people who survived lightning strikes, these men did not,” said Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge.
25-year-old Scottie Elam and 29-year-old Bobby Maggard, both of Lancaster, were killed after being struck by lightning.
“A couple of the gentlemen tried CPR on one of the men but that of course was unsuccessful,” Hodge said.
The two men were killed while working their summer job of hanging tobacco in a barn at Wilmont farm.
“The young Maggard boy’s father was actually in the other barn and was trying to get them out of the barn when the lightning struck.”
The coroner also told us that somehow the barn was not damaged by the lightning. He believes the lightning struck through one of the barn’s side panels.
The barn is actually located in Madison County across the creek but Garrard County EMS officials had a difficult time getting to the scene because of the high waters. But officials say even if they would have gotten there earlier, it still would have been too late.
“The two men were deceased long before EMS got there.”
But when EMS did get there, they found three other men who were injured.
“Three were injured; one was taken to a local hospital where he was treated,” said Michael Mullins with Garrard County EMS.
Hodge and Mullins say this is their first time working two lightning-related deaths and they certainly hope the first time will be their last.