A Janesville man struck by lightning Monday afternoon is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center.
Witnesses told Janesville police they saw Gaylin Edwards, 63, get out of his vehicle on Highway 14 near Interstate 39/90 at about 5:15 p.m. when he collapsed. Police said he fell unconscious with a head injury.
Operators of a private ambulance and an off-duty nurse were driving just a couple of cars behind Edwards when they saw him laying unconscious in the middle of the highway, and they started CPR.
Mercy Hospital's EMS Director Jay MacNeal said early response time can make all the difference.
"The early CPR is what really gives people the maximum chance of survival, and again, I think that the Paritech Ambulance crews, the Janesville fire and our ER staff here, everyone did an excellent job," MacNeal said. "The physicians are providing great care and doing the best to protect him neurologically, and we are hopeful that he will recover."