A motorcyclist has died after being hit by lightning and losing control of his bike, US authorities say.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the 45-year-old man, who has not been identified, was travelling on Interstate 95 when he was struck.
The lightning bolt cracked his helmet and sent him off the road, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An off-duty Virginia state trooper witnessed the lightning strike and its aftermath.
Authorities confirmed the motorcyclist was from Charlotte, North Carolina, according to WOGX-TV.
The local highway patrol tweeted a picture of the man’s shattered helmet, writing: “This is what’s left of a 45 year old man’s helmet after he was struck by lightning, while riding his motorcycle southbound, on I-95 in Volusia County this afternoon.
“Unfortunately he did not survive the crash.”
According to data from the US National Weather Service, 27 people a year on average were killed by lightning strikes between 2009 and 2018.
Only about 10% of people who are struck by lightning are killed and the odds of being struck in a given year are one in 1.2m.
Source: SKY NEWS