Yorkville skydiving accident leaves two with life-threatening injuries
YORKVILLE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police are investigating a skydiving accident that happened at 1:43 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 that left two people with life-threatening injuries.
Officials say the two victims were a 28-year-old Racine female and a 49-year-old female from Chicago, who were tandem skydiving.
According to officials, their parachute was deployed, but they lost control approximately 20 to 30 feet from the ground and crashed.
The two women were taken to an area trauma center via Flight for Life.
The incident happened just outside Skydive Midwest.
Two witnesses on the scene told CBS 58 they often go to the area to watch skydivers, and have never seen anything like this.
"The wind took them, it took the parachute and turned it over, and their bodies just came down," said witness Dawn Osinski,"When they hit the ground, it was a thud."
"When they came down, it was straight from the sky. Very scary," said witness Deb Webster.
BREAKING: Two people have life-threatening injuries after a tandem skydiving accident at Skydive Midwest near Sylvania airport. A neighbor gave @CBS58 doorbell cam video of the crash. Tune into @WMLWTheM at 5:30 for the latest. pic.twitter.com/V48DanDfBC— Jenna Wells (@JennaWellsNEWS) June 19, 2022
This isn't the first time Midwest Skydiving has been involved in a major accident.
In 2014, an instructor was killed in a skydiving crash on 56th Road in Sturtevant, Wisconsin outside of the facility.
Attempts to contact Skydive Midwest for details on Sunday's incident were unsuccessful.
This is a developing story and an ongoing investigation.
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