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Man struck by lightning and killed in Santa Rosa County
SANTA ROSA COUNTY - A 71 year old man was struck by lightning and killed in Allentown Friday morning.
The man has been identified as James D. McDaniel.
It happened at the Blue Basket Farms on Highway 89, north of Milton.
Hundreds of lightning strikes were detected around 10am when McDaniel was struck by lightning.
Investigators say McDaniel was picking blueberries at the time.
A woman who works at the shop on the farm and her son were loading supplies when she saw lightning strike the field.
As the rain picked up, the woman and her son took cover in their car.
Minutes later, they went to check on McDaniel only to discover him lying on the ground.
The woman called 911 and performed CPR.
EMS arrived a short time later, and took McDaniel to Santa Rosa Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.