Lightning Strike Seriously Injures Bryan Student, Golf Courses Take Precautions

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A 16-year-old boy is listed in critical condition tonight, after he was struck by lightning.

Bryan High School Student, Lane Hudson was about to start a golf lesson at Traditions Golf Course in Bryan when disaster struck. His brother Clayton, 13, also suffered a minor injury.

Both were taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, where Wednesday afternoon, their parents released the following statement.

"The Hudson family is tremendously appreciative of the kindness, and prayers of family, friends, and the community. For the many people who have asked how they can help. They ask for prayers of support for Lane's recovery," said St. Joseph Spokesman Tim Ottinger.

Friends of Hudson are still trying to comprehend what happened.

"It's kind of hard to believe, it's crazy," Cody Meier said.

Meier, 15, tries to brush up on his swing whenever he can. But Wednesday, it's a little bit different.

Just one day before, his friend, Lane Hudson, was struck by lightening while playing the game he loves so much.

"During the school year we practice everyday together," Meier said.

Cody says lightning is usually far from his mind whenever he's playing the greens.

"Usually they call it off when it's about to rain, so I don't think about it happening," Meier said.

"We use air horns like this to let them know this could possibly be in the area and move to shelter," Nick Venditto with Briarcrest Country Club said.

Venditto says they have technology in place that alerts them at the first sign of bad weather.

"It'll let us know if there's lightening or poor weather in the area, I think within 20 or 30 miles and you'll hear a loud siren go off," Venditto said.

That's when Nick says they alert golfers of the dangerous conditions.

Something which Cody Meier says he's going to take much more seriously in the future.

"I just think about how it can happen," Meier said.

Management at Traditions Golf Course where the accident occurred told News 3 they too monitor the weather with a computer system, but say they do not have a siren system in place.

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