The story of the only person ever injured by a Meteor impact
Ann Hodges is the only person who has suffered such an impact on history.
|Meteorite Strikes Woman in Alabama.|
She was 31 then and sleeping on her couch when something shocked her. She had been hit on the side and the whole room was full of dust. At first she thought that the chimney in her house had collapsed causing all that.
|Only known person who survived a meteorite.|
However, what had actually happened was that she had been struck by a four-kilogram fragment of a meteorite that had split in two, becoming the only person to date to have suffered such an incident, and the chances of such a thing happening are even less than being struck by lightning. Specifically one in 1.6 million.
Ann Hodges was hospitalized, but the worst would not come from that wound, which was not serious, but from everything that surrounded her story afterwards. First, there was a battle for the custody of the rock.
It was initially guarded by the Air Forces, who promised to return it to Hodges after analyzing it, but Hodges' landlady claimed it and decided to settle everything in the courts, which gave the rock to the woman in this story, who had to pay 500 dollars for damages to her landlady.
|Only known meteorite victim Ann Hodges.|
The rock would end up at the Alabama Natural History Museum after years of waiting as the document holder for Ann and her husband after the marriage's failed attempts to sell it.
Ann Hodges did not earn money, but she did gain fame, a fame that would end up taking its toll, leading to mental problems and conditions that led her, first, to divorce 10 years after the impact and end up in a psychiatric, where she died of kidney failure.
The other fragment that fell in Sylacauga and its owner, a farmer named Julius Kempis McKinney, had a very different fate. After contacting a lawyer, this farmer managed to sell the stone and buy a house and a car.