Pembroke Pines construction worker dies after lightning strike; 1 injured

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - One of two construction workers who were taken to the hospital after they were struck by lightning in Pembroke Pines has died, officials said.

Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue responded to the scene at the City Center construction site, located at 103rd Avenue and Pines Boulevard, Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Pembroke Pines Fire Department, the victims were working on the Publix that was under construction when they were hit just after 1 p.m.

“It looks like, based on his injuries, if he did not receive a direct hit, he was pretty close,” said Pembroke Pines Fire Chief Ruben Troncoso.

The victims were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. One of the men was in cardiac arrest while the other was semi-conscious.

Just after 5 p.m., officials confirmed the worker in cardiac arrest died. He appeared to have what looked like an entrance and exit wound from the strike.

7News was also told that there was no rain at the time, just lightning in the distance.

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