Warner Robins, GA Lightning Strike, June 1960
LIGHTNING KILLS 2, INJURES 20.
Warner Robins, Ga., (AP) -- Lightning struck a shelter packed with golfers Saturday, killing two and injuring about 20 others.
Five of the injured were treated at Warner Robins Clinic, then transferred to a hospital in nearby Macon.
The bolt crashed into a tin-roofed shelter near the No. 4 tee of the Sandy Run golf course during a violent thunderstorm.
A golf tournament for civilian employes of Robins Air Force Base was under way. Participants and a few spectators scurried into the shelter to get out of the rain.
"I didn't know anything when it hit," said RAYMOND SELPH of Warner Robins. "When I came to, my right leg felt like it had been pulled loose from my body. My head was bursting. I heard someone calling for help, to get an ambulance. I looked around and saw I was the only one sitting up so I scrambled to my feet and ran to the clubhouse."
The clubhouse is almost a mile from the shelter and SELPH was barely able to talk when he got there. But he conveyed word of the tragedy and assistance quickly was mobilized.
The dead were:
TOMMY JERRELS, of Macon.
JOHNNY HELMS, of Perry, Ga.
The New Mexican Santa Fe 1960-06-26
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!