The company manager who was hiking on an electric bicycle was struck by lightning


The managing director of the Balocco confectionery concern, Alberto Balocco, and his friend were caught in a storm while cycling.

A fatal accident occurred on Friday, not far from Turin, when lightning struck Alberto Balocco, the 56-year-old manager of the cake factory that bears his family’s name, and his friend, 55-year-old Davide Vigó, who was bowling nearby. A motorist driving by saw the men lying motionless and immediately called for help, but even though the rescuers rushed to the scene with a helicopter, they could not bring any of them back to life.

A The Republic online edition, Alberto Cirio, the governor of the Piedmont region, made a statement regarding the tragedy, according to whom Alberto Balocco’s death is a loss for all of them, Balocco’s products (mainly biscuit products and panettone, a traditional Italian cake that is typically eaten at Christmas and Easter) have enhanced Piedmont’s reputation worldwide. Cirio’s opinion is shared by the mayor of Fossano, Dario Tallone, in whose town Balocco is headquartered.

If not in domestic stores, Hungarians could also meet Balocco at prestigious international sports events; Between 2013 and 2015, the company was one of the biggest sponsors of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race, during this period its name appeared on the pink jersey worn by the current overall leader, and since 2010 it has been a partner of the dominant club team of Serie A, Juventus from Turin.

As the men were riding electric bikes when the accident occurred, the question inevitably arises as to whether this had any role in the tragedy. THE sparkchronicles.com he also followed up on the matter, speaking to the managing director of the Swiss e-bike manufacturer, Donatella Suardi.

“Our technicians can confirm that neither the carbon fiber frame nor the presence of any electrical device or battery makes the electric bicycle a more attractive target.”

Suardi, in agreement with the experts, drew attention to the simple fact that the person sitting on the bicycle is higher than the bicycle, that is, the lightning strikes the person, not the bicycle, regardless of the material it is made of. As the US National Weather Service writes: “Metal doesn’t attract lightning, it just conducts it.” On the other hand, tall, solitary objects sticking out of the landscape are excellent targets.

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Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.

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