Thursday, October 9, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A storm that swept through Gwinnett County left fire crews scrambling to respond to a series of incidents early Wednesday evening, authorities said.
Reports of lightning strikes hitting two homes in Lawrenceville and Snellville kept fire officials on their toes over concerns of potential house fires.
While no structural damages were reported at the incident in Snellville, investigators found minor structural damage to a two-story house in Lawrenceville.
According to Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge, "Evidence of a lightning (strike) to the exterior wall at the gutter" was apparent upon further investigation.
No injuries were reported as a result of the lightning strikes.
Additionally, reports of a fallen traffic light in Lilburn had fire officials rushing to clear the scene at U.S. Highway 78 and Ross Road.
According to officials, the scene was soon turned over to Gwinnett police where they were placed on standby, waiting for the power company and traffic engineers to arrive.
Fire crews also spent the night responding to a number of car accidents caused by the storm, Rutledge said.
The most severe car accident occurred on Interstate 985 just north of I-85 in Buford.
Upon arriving at the scene at about 5:40 p.m., fire crews found one of the vehicles overturned with a person trapped inside.
The victim was later transported with minor injuries to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.