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2 women suffer life-threatening injuries in Racine County skydiving accident

Skydiving accident June 19

A Flight for Life air ambulance arrives after a skydiving accident Sunday in Racine County.

YORKVILLE — Two women suffered life-threatening injuries in a tandem skydiving accident Sunday, Racine County authorities reported.

The accident was reported at 1:43 p.m. Sunday, according to the Racine County Sheriff's Office.

"A 28-year-old female from Racine and a 49-year-old female from Chicago were tandem skydiving," RCSO reported Sunday afternoon. "Their parachute was deployed; however, they lost control approximately 20-30 feet from the ground and crashed. Both sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported to area trauma centers via Flight for Life."

The skydivers were affiliated with Skydive Midwest Skydiving Center, headquartered in Yorkville, north of Highway 11 and west of Interstate 94.

It was the second air-accident in as many days in Yorkville. Saturday afternoon, a small plane crashed in a Yorkville farm field, although the pilot suffered only minor injuries and did not need to be hospitalized.

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