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Crew soccer fan in hospital after lightning strike

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm •  Published: June 28, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An off-duty firefighter went into cardiac arrest after a lightning strike in the Columbus Crew's stadium parking lot Saturday night, sending him to the hospital in critical condition and leading the Major League Soccer team to postpone its game against FC Dallas.

Firefighters said there was a lightning strike outside of the stadium, but it's not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly, Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said.

She said he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center and that it takes between two and three days to determine the total effects of a possible lightning strike.

Callers reported the lightning strike to emergency officials around 8 p.m., just before the Crew's scheduled start against Dallas.

"To all — we are sincerely sorry about tonight's postponement, but your safety is of the utmost importance," Crew owner Anthony Precourt said on Twitter. "We'll share more info as we can, but a member of our community was severely injured by the weather. Praying for him."

Early Sunday, the Crew said game had been rescheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.

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