Columbus Fire Lieutenant Struck By Lightning At Crew Game

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An off-duty Columbus Fire lieutenant was transported to the hospital in critical condition after he was apparently struck by lightning at the Columbus Crew game.

It happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Crew Stadium.

Firefighters said the man is Lt. Stu Tudor who works at Station 10. He was transferred to the hospital in cardiac arrest.  He is currently in the intensive care unit.

Tudor was struck on the southwest side of the stadium.

One witness was taking cover during the heavy rain in one of three portable toilets when he said he felt electricity run through the air.

“All of a sudden, it was just a bomb that went off,” said Don Lewis. “I knew it was close. The electricity ran through me.”

Lewis said he didn't realize what had happened until he heard another man calling 911 saying someone had been struck by lightning.

Lewis said he opened the door and saw a man lying on the ground.

The Columbus Crew postponed Saturday's tonight's game due to extenuating circumstances. The team will reschedule it for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and honor Saturday night's tickets at that match.

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