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Lightning strikes car on Florida highway, leaves gouge in road

A lightning strike on a car traversing a Florida highway caused damage to the vehicle and the road — but not the driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol said lightning struck a Nissan Rogue traveling westbound Monday morning in Interstate 75 in Broward County.

The lightning strike about 11:20 a.m. caused damage to the vehicle’s antenna and electrical system. The strike also left a 7-foot-long, 4-inch-wide gouge in the road, FHP said.

The driver of the car, a 48-year-old Naples man, was not injured in the strike. The car was towed from the scene and highway crews were alerted to the damage to the pavement.