Two players sent to hospital after lightning strikes football match
In a shocking incident, two football players were sent to the hospital after a lightning struck them during an university football match in Jamaica. A flash of lightning struck the field for a second with the two players grabbing their heads and falling to their knees on the ground. The video has gone viral on social media. Here's more.
A pair of youth soccer players in Jamaica were hospitalized after being struck by lightning during a match in Kingston.— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2019
A third player was also hurt. Everyone involved is now recovering. https://t.co/3AE6WEP395 pic.twitter.com/RfUZ8fLS2y
The lightning occurred during the Manning Cup match between Wolmer's Boys and Jamaica College at the Stadium East field in Kingston, Jamaica. Besides the two main affected players, several others also collapsed and began to cover their eyes. The referee blew the whistle to halt the match as the other players rushed to help the injured. Medical teams were alert as well.
According to a report in Times Now, the two players who suffered serious injuries in the incident were Jamaica College player Terrence Francis and Wolmer's Boys' Dwayne Allen. Both the players were rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies. However, Francis had to be stretchered off the field as he did not respond to the treatment on the field.
It's understood that the incident occurred in the 84th minute of the contest, when four players collapsed — two from each team. According to reports, one of the players complained of chest pains. ISSA said tests were done and an ECG showed irregularities. Meanwhile, fear of similar incidents taking place has seen postponement of two Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Cup matches.