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North Texas man survives being hit by lightning twice

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A North Texas man is recovering Monday night, after being struck by lightning twice during the same storm.

Casey Wagner, 31, was hit Saturday afternoon at an off-road event Rednecks with Paychecks near Saint Jo, about 85 miles northwest of Dallas.

When a storm rolled over North Texas, Wagner and another man took cover under a tree.

He'd taken just a few steps away when lightning struck him twice.

"I heard a big cracking bomb," Wagner said. "I seen a big flash by my foot and that's when it dropped me."

The lightning hit him about a second apart.

"Felt like my body was being strangled," he said. "Felt like my muscles were about to explode."

Wagner is a little fuzzy on what happened after, but remembers a nurse named Susan who helped him until the ambulance arrived.

"I started yelling and she was the first one that came over there," Wagner said. "She was the one that kept me going - telling me that I was talking so I was going to be okay."

Wagner said he was afraid if he closed his eyes he wouldn't open them up again, and didn't stop praying until he got out of the hospital.

He was partially and temporarily paralyzed and spent 18 hours in the hospital.

Wagner is staying with his mother in Weatherford, who's still shaken by the incident.

"I thought he was gone," Beverley Robertson, Wagner's mother, said. "But then he called and said he was going to be okay."

A doctor told Wagner full sensation in his body should return within a week.

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