Lightning strikes SUV's antenna on I-75 in South Florida, leaves 7-foot gash in pavement

(Photos courtesy: FHP)

A South Florida driver was on I-75 when lightning struck his SUV, troopers said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 48-year-old man from Naples was driving through a heavy rainstorm on Alligator Alley in Broward County just before 11:30 Monday morning when a bolt of lightning struck the antenna on the back of his Nissan SUV, cracking the plastic.

The strike damaged the SUV's electrical system, disabling the vehicle on the highway.

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Troopers said the lightning also left a 7-foot-long, 4-inch-wide gouge in the pavement on I-75.

Thankfully, the driver was not injured in the incident.

The disabled SUV was towed from the scene while a roadway repair crew was notified of the pavement damage.