Alien Lightning

Lightning strikes over Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest Thursday, July 13, 2017. Areas of Cape May County were hit with severe thunderstorms passing through the Southern end of the state.

Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer

MANCHESTER — A middle school teacher was struck by lightning Wednesday while she was on bus duty at the school, police said.

The 33-year-old eighth-grade teacher from Toms River woman was standing outside the school about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when her umbrella was struck, Manchester Police Capt. Todd Malland said in a news release.

The woman was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune for treatment and evaluation of nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.

At the time of the incident, the teacher was standing on the sidewalk with other school officials preparing for school dismissal.

Two other teachers took the victim into the school nurse’s office, where she was alert and conscious but reported tingling on her hand and arm, the release said. 

Manchester Township Police Department officers responded to the school, as well as members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad.

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