IMAGINE driving on a highway during a wild storm when suddenly there is a blinding flash and the car dies in the middle of the busy road.
Next thing you're crouched on the roadside, terrified either a truck will slam into you or you'll be struck by lightning.
That was the perilous situation for Melbourne retirees Betty and Norm Wootten when lightning struck their car on the Gore Highway.
Travelling from Melbourne in their relatively new Nissan to visit family in Toowoomba, Mr and Mrs Wootten ran into heavy storms near the Queensland border.
Mrs Wootten said they were a bit intimidated by the wild weather and stopped in Goondiwindi to wait for a break in the storms.
"The rain dropped off but the clouds were coming in," she said.
"Norm said we should be right but by 3pm it was getting dark and stormy and Norm had the car down to 40kmh.
"We couldn't stop because the rain had flooded either side of the road and we were on a bend.
"About 50km out of Goondiwindi there was a big flash and the car just stopped.
"Norm managed to roll it just off the road but we had no phone service either.
"After three calls we were connected to the police and the guy behind us stopped to say he saw what happened and ask us if we were okay."
She said the driver was satisfied they were safe enough and continued on his way, but at this point the couple grew nervous a truck might not see them and could hit their car.
The lightning fried the hazard lights, along with everything else electrical.
They debated whether it would be worse to be cleaned up by a passing truck or get struck by lightning while waiting by the roadside and decided on the latter.
"Every time a truck passed we got more soaked and Norm is quite tall so we crouched there because lightning usually hits the tallest thing around.
"We were terrified.
"There was lightning all around us and eventually a car pulled over and this lovely lady named Debbie got out and said she had one bar of phone signal."
They were soon able to get in touch with family, police and insurance companies.
The Good Samaritan not only waited until police arrived, but also helped them transfer their belongings to her car so she could drop them at a family member's home in Toowoomba.
A quick inspection of the car revealed five small holes similar to bullet holes, one of them right above the door where Mr Wootten sat and the other four on the back door of the four wheel drive.
The shaken couple can now have a bit of a laugh about it, but hope the next trip is downright uneventful in comparison.
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