An Austrian hiker is lucky to be alive after being hit by lightning in the Sierra mountains in Sacramento.
Mathias Steinhuber survived burns and injuries after the incident.
“The fact that he survived is very lucky,” shared Jim Matthews, a forecaster with the National Weather Center, with CBS13.
According to Matthews, hikers have only a one in a million chance of getting struck by lightning, but being on top of a mountain during an electrical storm increases those odds. The storm that hit the hiker happened on Tuesday near Donner Summit.
Paramedic Matt Calcutt, who arrived on the scene, describes the scary incident. “Five times hotter than the surface of the sun. So imagine all that heat going through your body in a very short period of time. In an instant, you could literally, seemingly, explode,” he said.
Calcutt came upon the victim as well as two others, including the victim's girlfriend. He saw that victim’s clothes, including his shoes, were literally blown off.
“It was like in a dream,” Steinhuber told the Associated Press per the Denver Post. “I woke up. I had blood everywhere. My clothes were ripped apart. At some distance I heard my girlfriend scream my name. My first conclusion was that I probably fell down the mountain.”
“Somebody told me the odds are higher winning the lottery than getting struck by lightning,” Steinhuber said. “I would’ve rather won the lottery.”
He is currently listed in fair condition, per NBCNewYork.
[Photo: NBC New York/AP]