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‘Screams sounded the alarms’ as lighting structure killed Lorient groundsman

Screams reportedly alerted those nearby as a Lorient groundsman suffered a fatal accident following their Ligue 1 defeat against Rennes.

A father of three was working as a volunteer on the pitch when a lighting structure, used to heat the pitch, fell on him.

The 38-year-old victim was transported to Scorff hospital but did not survive the freak accident.

Ouest France report that screams sounded the alarm while two other volunteer groundsman were taken to hospital as a result of shock.

Players were reportedly left frozen and unable to speak following the incident, with the result having faded into the background.

The Mayor of Lorient, Fabrice Loher, was at the stadium at the time of the accident and said: “It's a terrible accident.

“The police from the Lorient police station have marked up the scene and an investigation is underway to understand the circumstances of the accident.”

The staff member is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest following the incident and then rushed into intensive care.

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He was put on a life support machine before reports emerged that he had not survived.

A TV report from French outlet Canal+ added: “Immediately, the firefighters and resuscitators arrived.

“Currently they are carrying out incessant cardiac massages on this man.

“We have seen players from Rennes completely panicked, other players came out of the locker room. Club doctors, presidents, everyone is very worried.”

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A Lorient statement read: “A terrible tragedy unfolded on the lawn of the Moustoir stadium after the FC Lorient-Stade Rennais FC meeting.

“A member of the club's service provider's team, in charge of lawn maintenance, died following an accidental fall from a light therapy ramp.

“The whole of FC Lorient wishes to extend its condolences to the family, relatives and colleagues of the victim.”

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