St. Louis man is critical after being hit by lightning

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

FENTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man was in critical condition after being struck by lightning as he was getting ready to play a softball game Monday night.

Authorities said the lightning bolt struck Thomas Hanak, 44, in the chest about 5:45 p.m. He was taken to the burn unit of St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. No other injuries were reported.

City officials said they planned to review their warning policies for severe weather.

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