Construction worker struck by lightning at new Athens High School construction site



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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — A man was struck by lightning Friday afternoon at the new Athens High School construction, according to Athens police.

“He was leaving for the day, and witnesses saw him fall to the ground,” Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

Officials say they received the call around 1:40 p.m.

“Co-workers at the scene were already performing CPR, and we assisted until EMS arrived,” Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Thornton said.

The Limestone County Emergency Management Agency says paramedics took the man to Athens-Limestone Hospital. He was later transported to Huntsville Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Brian Moore, President of Martin Cobey Construction Company in Athens, released the following statement:

“Our prayers are with the affected and his family, as well as, all our employees and those who are working beside us on this project. The safety of our job sites is of the utmost importance to us. We’ll continue to stay in touch with the individual and all on-site employees to offer our support.”