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28-year-old man struck by lightning while hiking

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland Fire crews confirm a 28-year-old man was struck by lightning while hiking alone Friday.

The Portland Fire Department said the man was hiking along Wildwood trail, off Northwest Germantown Road just before 3:30 pm.

"It was raining really hard. Then we heard this man shouting for help, and he was on the ground," said witness Monica Ros.  "Apparently he couldn't feel his legs, and he said he was hit by lightning."

Witnesses called 911 and told firefighters they think lightning hit a tree and the falling tree fell on the man.

After stabilizing the victim, paramedics  used an ATV to get him out of the woods and to a waiting ambulance.

FOX 12 spoke with the victim, who says he's doing just fine.  He spent the evening at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where doctors performed several tests on him.

So far, the victim says he's passed every test. The only evidence of a lightning strike on his body, is a ferning pattern on his back where electricity passed through it.

The last time someone was hit by lightning locally, was back in August of 1995.  Two boys in Gresham were hit on a football field at Centennial High School.

The lightning strike blew the bottoms out of Kyle Washburn's shoes and tore Christian Core's sweatpants to shreds.

The boys' coach was knocked to the ground as well.  Kyle's father did CPR on his son, who at the time had no memory of what happened.

The boys and their coach all recovered. 

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