Jose Campos of Central Islip talks about the lightning that zapped him during Monday’s downpour.

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Construction Worker Struck By Lightning Feels ‘Grateful’ To Be Alive

April 17, 2018 - 1:52 pm

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- The man who was hit by lightning on Long Island, on Monday has told his story.

Jose Campos was still frazzled after his experience.

The construction worker was disconnecting a chain from his forklift when a bolt of lightning hit the ground and traveled through the chain that he was holding.

At Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Dr. Michael Grossman said his injuries were typical for an indirect hit from lightning.

"Electrical sensations in both of his legs, his eyes were very sensitive to light, and he had a severe headache," he said.

Campos said he thought he was going to die.

"I do believe that it changed me, I feel grateful to god," he said through a translator.

Doctors say he is now experiencing a type of post-traumatic stress.