Warner Robins, GA Lightning Strike, June 1960

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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

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25 June 1960, Sandy Run Golf Club

I was amazed to finally find an article online about this terrible event. Fortunately, there were survivors, my father included, and I was able to grow up around and play golf with most of these gentlemen. Thanks for posting this online. Kevin Selph

thank you

Thank you very much for your kind comments.
You never know what you will find at GenDisasters
Sincerely
Stu