A Mississippi police officer is thanking his lucky stars after his life almost changed in a flash.
Gautier police Sgt. Mark Rodriguez was driving his cruiser through stormy weather last Tuesday morning when lightning struck just feet in front of him. Dramatic footage from his patrol car's dash-cam shows a flash exploding from the cloudy sky, right in front of the car as it drove across a bridge in Jackson County.
"The lightning struck approximately 30 feet from me, striking the bridge and actually causing damage to the bridge. I saw the concrete pieces flying," Rodriguez told NBC News.
A second responding trooper found Trooper Palmer in his patrol vehicle with his seat belt still fastened.