Lee Trevino Struck by Lightning – 35 Years Ago

Lee Trevino Struck by Lightning – 35 Years Ago

Thirty-five years ago, in June 1975, PGA golfer Lee Trevino was struck by lightning during the Western Open at Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook.  He sustained spinal injuries which hampered him for the rest of his playing career.

The anniversary of this event serves as a good reminder for lightning safety as we approach the busy July 4th weekend.  If thunder is heard, immediately seek shelter in the nearest permanent building or vehicle to protect yourself from lightning.  Avoid outdoor “shelters,” as they provide little protection from lightning.  Wait at least 30 minutes until resuming outdoor activities.

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