Who said that lightning never strikes twice? Well, recent dashcam footage from Novosibirsk, Russia, shows a crossover getting struck by lightning two times in succession while approaching stationary traffic.
Now, either the “Mad Titan” himself, Thanos, was driving that old RAV4, which in turn angered the God of Thunder, or, humor aside, this was just a coincidence and could have happened to anyone. Thankfully, nobody was injured.
This video also works towards disproving that old saying. In reality, that’s just a myth, because lightning can strike any location multiple times, although to be fair, that usually happens with stationary items and over longer periods of time.
This rapid-fire strike is therefore intriguing, and we’re unable to tell whether or not the vehicle took on any damage, though we guess it did because, well, physics.
According to Weather, a car struck by lightning in June of 2015 on Interstate 4 near Polk City, Florida, had its electrical systems fried. Meanwhile, the National Lightning Safety Institute reports that some vehicles can also experience external damage when struck by lightning, including pitting and arcing.
So, what actually happens when lightning strikes a vehicle? Apparently it flows around the exterior of the car, through the metal bodywork and into the ground below, basically turning the car into a moving Faraday cage – that is, an enclosure used to block electromagnetic fields.
In the off-chance that this happens to you, experts recommend that you pull over immediately, turn off the engine, fold your hands in your lap and avoid touching anything metal within the car, as well as the radio for a little while.