(AP) - Authorities say an off-duty firefighter went into cardiac arrest after a lightning strike in the Columbus Crew's stadium parking lot Saturday night, sending him to the hospital in critical condition and leading the team to postpone its game against FC Dallas.


Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith says that firefighters at the scene said there was a lightning strike outside of the stadium, but it's not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly. She said he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center and that it takes between two and three days to determine the total effects of a possible lightning strike.


The team said that the game will be rescheduled in the near future and Saturday night's tickets will be honored.