Woman in coma after lightning strikes trullo

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The lightning struck a trullo home in Puglia. Photo: Elizabeth Buie
08:43 CEST+02:00
A 47-year-old woman is in a coma and 14 others were injured after lightning struck a trullo, a home typical of the Puglia region, on Sunday.

The group was having lunch in a pine forest in Castellana Grotte, near Bari, on Sunday afternoon when the area was hit by a sudden storm, Bari Today reported, and so they sought shelter in an empty nearby trullo, a white cone-roofed house.

Once inside, the lightning struck, with its dangerous current travelling through the trullo’s wet floor.

The woman, who was taken to a hospital near Bari, was named as Emma Loliva, a teacher from Putignano.

A 51-year-old policeman was also seriously injured after suffering burns due to an electric shock.

The lightning caused electricity black-outs in other parts of Bari. Most of Italy was hit by strong storms over the Ferragosto holiday weekend. 

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Two young people also died in storms early last week

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