Man OK after hit by lightning while camping on St. Lawrence

WADDINGTON (AP) – Starting his vacation a couple days early nearly cost a northern New York man his life.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that Christopher Church of Massena was camping in a tent with his family at Coles Creek State Park on the St. Lawrence River during a severe thunderstorm early Wednesday morning.

Church woke up and went outside to make sure their gear was covered when a bolt of lightning struck him, causing his left side to go numb. He was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital for burns and released.

Church says he started his vacation two days early and reserved a camp site through next Wednesday. He and his family plan to return to the campground to resume their vacation.