Boy rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by lightning while playing football in BlackpoolMay 11, 2021
A BOY has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by lightning while playing football in Blackpool.
Cops were called to the sports field on School Road, Blackpool, shortly after 5pm today to reports that a child had been injured.
Police say they believe that the boy had been “struck by lighting” in a freak incident.
The road is now closed off in both directions between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: "We were called shortly after 5.05pm today (Tuesday, May 11th) to a football field on School Road, Blackpool, to reports a child had been injured.
"Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning.
"He has since been taken to hospital, where he remains with serious injuries.
"Road closures are currently in place and we would ask that people avoid the area and motorists find alternative routes where possible.
It is thought the boy was taking part in a one on one training session with the Spirit of Youth FC when he was hit, reports the Blackpool Gazette.
Club secretary Daniel Pack said: "Unfortunately, we don't know much at the moment.
"We extend our sincerest condolences to the family involved.
"We are all very upset and saddened by this whole thing. The whole club is shocked."
Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11th."
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