POMPANO BEACH

Two workers struck by lightning at Pompano Beach car dealership

 

astewart@MiamiHerald.com

Two construction workers were struck by lightning in Pompano Beach on Thursday.

Robert Elliott, 55, and Angel Leiva Lopes, 47, were working on the roof of the Joey Accardi Jeep dealership, 909 S. Federal Hwy.

At around 10:18 a.m., Elliott was struck by lightning and collapsed. Lopes suffered minor injuries.

A dealership spokesman told the Sun Sentinel that skies were clear when the lightning hit, and that it appeared to strike out of nowhere.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, workers performed CPR on Elliott until paramedics arrived.

The men were taken to Broward Health North. Elliott, who is in critical condition, was transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Scott Gomez, chief financial officer of Latite Roofing, confirmed in an emailed statement that both men work for the company.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and their families,” he said. “We are investigating the circumstances involved but have no further comment at this time.”

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