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Motorcyclist survives lightning strike on Interstate 5

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CHEHALIS — Martin Zapalac was driving down Interstate 5 near Chehalis when he saw the bolt of lightning hit the motorcyclist in front of him in the pouring rain Thursday morning.

The man apparently was not seriously hurt. His condition wasn’t released, but Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn tweeted that he was “doing well.”

The lightning hit the motorcyclist, a 59-year-old Tenino man, during a heavy rain around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

He had zipped past Zapalac, 41, and his…

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