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August 22, 2013

Men killed in Wednesday lightning strike identified

LANCASTER — The two men who were killed Wednesday after lightning struck a barn in the Buckeye community on the border of Madison and Garrard counties have been identified.

Scotty Elam Jr., 25, and Bobby Lee Maggard, 29, both of Garrard County, were two of six men in the barn when it was struck by lightning, according to Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge.

“Lightning hit the barn and they were killed instantly,” Hodge said.

Three other men in the barn sustained injuries, and one was taken to the hospital, but Hodge had no information early Thursday afternoon the man’s condition.

Hodge described the accident as tragic, and said he had never seen a incident like it during his time as coroner.

Although Elam and Maggard were both from Garrard County, the barn they were in was located just across the county line in Madison. Hodge said he was unaware of that at the time and was rushed trying to cross a swollen creek to reach the barn.

A four-wheel drive pickup truck was needed to cross the water, Hodge said, and it wasn’t until he and emergency response personnel from the Buckeye Volunteer Fire Department and Garrard County EMS arrived on the scene that he discovered the barn was outside their jurisdiction.

Hodge said he called Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison and spoke with him on the issue, but Cornelison did not get involved because the men were from Garrard County, and Hodge had already completed most of his report.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.

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