DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A sudden lightning strike killed a motorcyclist along Interstate 95 near Daytona Beach, officials said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 45-year-old victim was riding on the southbound lanes of the highway in Volusia County when he was struck by lightning, Sunday afternoon.

Officials said the strike caused the victim to veer off the road and crash.

Troopers shut down two southbound lanes for hours while they investigated, causing major traffic backups.

Florida Highway Patrol tweeted a picture of the victim’s helmet. The impact of the strike was so strong that it broke holes into it.

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