Lightning strikes tree, kills Motorcyclist in Madras

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 3:58 PM

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) -- Central Oregon authorities say a motorcyclist who stopped under a tree to get out of the rain was killed when lightning struck the tree.

KTVZ -TV reports a couple were riding on U.S. 97 northeast of Madras Sunday afternoon when the storm came up.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins says a man was killed and his wife was taken to the hospital. The couple were not immediately identified.

They were at the junction of Highway 97 and Oregon 293.

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