According to reports on Twitter, a fan was struck by lightning outside of Columbus Crew Stadium on Saturday evening. The Crew had been scheduled to play FC Dallas, as the MLS season resumes after a two-week break for the World Cup, but the match has now been cancelled.
In parking lot at Crew Stadium. Several emergency vehicles just transported a fan away. Eyewitnesses told me CPR was performed. #crew96— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 29, 2014
From a reliable source: the first EMT on the scene found the man "completely unresponsive."— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 29, 2014
From someone who would know: the fan struck by lightning is alive after being pronounced dead at the scene.— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) June 29, 2014
According to Adam Aaro from the Columbus FOX affiliate, the victim is alive and in critical condition, which is relatively positive news. Hopefully the individual will be able to make a full recovery.
CFD confirms an off-duty lieutenant was struck by lightning tonight outside of Crew Stadium. Is currently in critical condition at OSU— Adam Aaro (@adamwsyx6) June 29, 2014
The incident occurred in the stadium parking lot, and not inside the stadium itself.