Lancashire

Haslingden man dies after being struck by lightning

A 41-year-old man from Lancashire has died after being struck by lightning on a building site in Cheshire.

Justin Feber, from Haslingden, was working at Wychwood Village in Crewe, when he was struck just before 13:30 BST on Wednesday.

Cheshire Police said he was taken to Leighton Hospital where he died.

His employers, Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering, said he was "well liked, highly professional and held in high regard by all who worked with him".

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "At 1.28pm on Wednesday 11 April 2012 emergency services were called to Abbey Park Way, Wychwood Village, Crewe, following the report of a man being struck by lightning.

"A 41-year-old man from Haslingden in Rossendale who had been working on a building site was treated by paramedics at the scene.

"Sadly, he died a short time later at Leighton Hospital.

"A second man suffering from shock was also taken to Leighton.

"Police attended the scene and confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said it would not be investigating the incident as it was "the result of a freak natural occurrence".

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