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Skydiver injured in Lodi

Man airlifted to trauma center after accident

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Tue May 15, 2012.

A man was airlifted to a trauma center in South Sacramento after a hard parachute landing Monday at the Lodi Parachute Center in Acampo.

The man’s name has not been released as of press time, but emergency workers confirm he is in his 30s.

Witnesses say the man landed heavily, feet first, in the field, then tumbled forward. A normal, safe landing ends with the parachutist sliding to a seated position on the ground.

Woodbridge Fire Department was called to the scene at 12:28 p.m. One engine parked on the Highway 99 frontage road to hose down a dry field next to the center, so that the REACH medical helicopter could land safely. Another drove out to the landing field to assess the man’s injuries and prepare him for transport.

Lt. Dan Schmierer of Woodbridge Fire was among the team who examined the man. He confirmed the skydiver had serious injuries, possibly a broken femur as well as head, neck and back injuries.

Emergency medics said the man was breathing but unconscious during transport.

AMR, a San Joaquin County ambulance company, also responded to the scene after being called at 12:27 p.m. by the California Highway Patrol.

David Durand, public information officer for AMR San Joaquin County, confirmed that the man suffered significant trauma that included injuries to his lower extremities.

Durand said the skydiver had been wearing a helmet at the time of his hard landing.

At the time of the accident, the center refused comment.

Later, parachute center owner Bill Dause said that he had no information on the incident, as he was flying a plane to release other skydivers at the time of the accident.

The parachutist’s condition was unknown as of press time.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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