A 31-year-old rodeo clown in St. Joe, Texas was reportedly struck by lightning twice and survived. According to news reports the man not only survived; he suffered no ill effects the next day, after his heart skipping a beat after the incident.
According to a local CBS television station, Casey Wagner, a rodeo clown, is used to staring fear in the face. Lightning brought him to his knees recently, however, after he was struck -- twice.
Saturday the clown was at a Rednecks with Paychecks event in Saint Jo, Texas, west of Gainesville, along with hundreds of others to race at the off-road event. Participants go “mudding” and camp at huge sites.
Heavy rain and lightning came in Saturday when severe weather arrived. Saturday afternoon, severe weather rolled in, bringing heavy rain and lightning.
Wagner and two friends sought shelter from the storm underneath a tree. Wagner’s friend went to look for a bathroom, and Wagner was alone with his friend’s father. They were only about five feet away when the lightning hit.
“What I remember is just a loud boom and it dropped me to my knees....it hit me again,” Wagner recalled. “When I got hit, it was just two big ol’ flashes and then sparks went everywhere.”
Wagner remembered the feeling of electricity shooting through his right boot. It then went into his body. After that, the electricity went across his chest and left near his left wrist.
Wagner recalled discoloration where the lightning left his body.
A nearby nursed calmed the clown until he was taken by ambulance to Nacona General Hospital, a few miles from the incident.
Casey recalled someone at the hospital saying his poncho had carrying static in it. That was because it was plastic.
Wagner explained doctors said his heart skipped a beat. After that, they ran a variety of tests on him monitored his kidneys and heart until he had a regular heartbeat. The clown remembers losing feeling in his lower right leg at first. He also lost feeling at the exit point or the lightning on his left arm.
One day after the incident, Wagner felt jittery and shaky and jittery. He had no other injuries.
The rodeo clown says only God could have kept him alive after the incident. He added that he is "going to start going to church more."
The Huffington Post reported a nurse who was nearby when the incident occurred, cared for the rodeo clown until help arrived.
The nydailynews.com reported Wagner spent the night at the hospital after the incident.
Wagner says he will go to off road events and events with Rednecks again, but only if it is not raining. He described the incident as similar to two shotguns going off.