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1 skydiver dies, another is injured after they collide over Wildomar

September 18, 2009 |  5:55 pm

A 30-year-old parachutist died this morning after colliding in midair with another skydiver and falling to earth in Wildomar, said Capt. Fernando Herrera of the Riverside County Fire Department. The other parachutist, 42, suffered minor injuries.

Fire personnel were dispatched about 11:35 a.m. to Cereal Street near Lake Elsinore's Skylark Field, Herrera said. The area is a popular skydiving location, and "we do have skydivers injured constantly, although fatalities are rare," Herrera said.

Witnesses said the two parachutists were diving separately but collided in midair, got entangled and "went down," according to Herrera. The divers were apparently from Europe, he added.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the agency would investigate.

-- Martha Groves

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