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October 11, 2013

Texas woman injured after skydiving accident in Vinemont

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

VINEMONT — A Texas woman was med-flighted to Huntsville Hospital around 1 p.m. today following a skydiving accident in Vinemont after she reportedly slammed into the ground when her parachute turned incorrectly, law enforcement officials said.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Vinemont Fire Department responded to the incident where the victim, whose name cannot be released at this time, was unconscious following the incident and med-flighted to Huntsville Hospital.

Skydive Alabama, located at Folsom Field in Vinemont, reportedly hosted many “Experienced Jumpers” attempting to set an Alabama record for the most people in a skydiving formation at one time. Officials said there were 47 skydivers in the formation in the air.

Officials said, after the divers broke apart to do their individual landings, witnesses told law enforcement officers the victim was trying to make a “low turn or something and she and the parachute slammed into the ground really hard.”

Responders said the woman was initially unconscious, but “came to” as they were preparing her to be flown out. Officials said the woman fractured both of her legs and had other injuries.

As information becomes readily available, the story will be updated.



* Lauren Estes can be reached at  laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.