Skydiver Dies After Crashing Into Big Rig Trailer on California Highway

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By NTD Newsroom
September 27, 2019US News
Skydiver Dies After Crashing Into Big Rig Trailer on California Highway
A skydiver was killed on Sept. 27, 2019 after landing on southbound Highway 99 in Northern California and being struck by a big rig. (Courtesy of KCRA)

A skydiver was killed after she hit a big rig trailer and crash-landed on a Northern California highway.

The 28-year-old woman was skydiving with a group of seven people around 2 p.m. on  Thursday, Sept. 26, California Highway Patrol (CHP) PIO Ruben Jones told CNN.

A parachutist descends on a parachute (Pixabay)
A parachutist descends on a parachute (Pixabay)

The group took off from the Lodi Parachute Center.

Conditions were windy, and the woman crashed into the truck during the skydiving group’s descent near the Lodi Airport, Jones said.

Then, she hit the right-hand shoulder of the road, CHP said in a Facebook post. The unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other six people in the group survived, according to CNN affiliate KCRA.

The station spoke to Lisa Reyes, who was driving with her father and brother on Highway 99 when the woman crashed.

“The way the person was struggling, just struggling against the wind and their body was just moving really, really fast,” she told the station.

Rich Edwards was driving near the area of the accident at around 2:15 p.m. when he saw what had happened.

“I drove by and saw the truck pulling over. There was a body lying on the (pavement),” Edwards told the Bee. “I saw a chute on the road and a bunch of people.”

“It’s a real shame, and I feel bad for the family and everyone else involved,” Silas Fleming, a local resident, told the Fox affiliate. “This place has had accidents in the past,” resident Rebecca Muegge noted.

The Lodi Parachute Center's location
The Lodi Parachute Center’s location in relation to Highway 99 in California (Google Maps)

Muegge said that the facility should be moved elsewhere.

“I feel like we shouldn’t put a skydiving place so close to the highway,” Muegge said.

CHP is investigating the incident.

The CNN Wire and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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