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Pregnant woman struck by lightning in Lillington

Posted July 18, 2015
Updated July 19, 2015

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— A pregnant woman was struck by lightning on the Cape Fear River in Lillington Saturday afternoon, according to Harnett County emergency officials.

The woman, 21-year-old Karen Callicutt, is 24 weeks pregnant.

According to Callicutt's sister, Jessica, a group of six were tubing in the water. All six exited the water when storms entered the Lillington area but re-entered when they felt it was safe.

Shortly after going back into the river, lightning struck the water and shocked Karen Callicutt.

"Whenever the lightning came down, it got her, and she just tensed up, and she was like, ‘I can’t move,'" Jessica Callicut said. "It’s very scary because it’s my sister and my baby nephew. I just don’t want anything to happen to her or the baby."

Authorities said Karen Callicutt was transported to Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn following the incident.

She was released from the hospital late Saturday night. She and the baby were in stable condition, according to the Callicutt family.


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  • Mike Hill Jul 19, 2015
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    Thank God, they were not seriously injured and we able to be released from the Hospital in stable condition.

  • Mike C Jul 19, 2015
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    That is a disgusting and disrespectful comment for someone that just got struck by lightning 😡