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Utah woman dies in skydiving accident

TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah mother died after something went terribly wrong during a skydiving jump in Tooele County.
TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah mother died after something went terribly wrong during a skydiving jump in Tooele County.

The Tooele County Sheriff’s Department said the woman was diving with Skydive Utah Sunday out of the Tooele Valley Airport when she took a hard landing and ultimately died from her injuries.

The accident happened around 1 pm.

The sheriff's department said a 30 year-old woman from Grantsville jumped out of the plane. It's unclear what happened next.

“She was jumping single and with a group and they witnesses her coming down and the chute did open properly and somewhere from the chute opening and her hitting the ground something wrong happened and she impacted the ground fairly hard,” said Deputy Chief Duke North.

EMTs already on the ground immediately began caring for her until paramedics arrived.

“When the medical personnel arrived they found a female that had injuries to her head and legs,” said North.

She was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center where she underwent surgery, but later died from her injuries.

“It's sad that accidents happen especially for a young mother,” said North.

The sheriff's department is not releasing her name pending family notification, but tells ABC4 the woman was an experienced diver and it's unclear how much strong wind reported that day was a factor.

Exactly what happen remains unknown. The owner of Skydive Utah tells ABC4’s Kim Johnson the accident is a tragedy but declined further comment.

The company's website does list requirements for divers wanting to jump alone, including obtaining a license and having a minimum of 25 jumps.
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