Storm is Hail on Earth for Jogger

April 8, 2010
UK Sun

WHO said exercise was good for you?

This jogger suffered horrific injuries when he was caught in a storm raining hail the size of golf balls.

Photo: Ouch ... hail gave jogger huge welts

Four college students in the US town of Grinnell near Des Moines, Iowa, had to be taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs after being pelted by the huge chunks of ice.

They were rescued from the side of the road — from a ditch they were using for cover — by motorist Pat Crawford and her husband who drove them to safety.

Mrs Crawford was so shocked by one of the boys injuries she snapped pictures of the welts which covered his body.

She said: "There was a kid in the road looking like he was flagging things down. And you could tell he was a runner because he had the running shorts on, he was barefooted, and he looked pretty beat up."

Storm spotters reported 1-1.5in hail stones in the area.

The storm also snapped poles, damaged trees and caused other damage with wild gusts clocked at 75mph.

The student, who has not been named, told Mrs Crawford that the group were forced to seek shelter in the ditch when the hail became too intense but had to leave it when they worried they might drown as water started flooding into it.

She said: "They thought it was a tornado, which a lot of us thought it was a tornado.

"So they laid in the ditch, which was a good idea but they were just getting the tar beat out of them and the ditches were filling with water, so they knew they couldn't stay there."