Lightning strikes Courrières stadium during training, one dead and injured

Lightning strikes Courrières stadium during training, one dead and injured
Lightning strikes Courrières stadium during training, one dead and injured

While the storm was roaring in the distance, lightning suddenly struck, around 8 p.m. this Thursday evening, at the Gabriel-Péri stadium in Courrières. Football practice was in progress. “ People started running in all directions, there was smoke on the fieldwhispers a witness, with a serious expression. It’s dramatic… »

According to the first information collected from emergency services, confirmed around 9:40 p.m. by the Pas-de-Calais prefecture, a man is deceased, after a long resuscitation attempt by medical teams. He would have been struck by lightning. According to our information, he was 33 years old and a coach at the Courrières club.

A 33-year-old man died. PHOTO MATTHIEU BOTTE THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

Two victims suffering from chest pain were transported, in serious condition, to the Lens hospital center. They are aged 44 and 25.

A medical-psychological emergency cell activated

Four other men, more lightly injured (burns, headaches, etc.), were also treated by firefighters and taken either to CH Lens or to Bois-Bernard hospital. A total of 29 other people were there when the lightning struck : “ They are shocked, but unharmed », Specifies the prefecture in its press release.

Nearly 25 firefighters (five ambulances, a chain of command, doctor, nurses, etc.), four SAMU teams and the police were mobilized on site to take care of the victims. A medico-psychological emergency cell (CUMP) was also triggered in the evening to support the numerous witnesses to the tragedy. The family of the deceased victim was notably present on site.

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