Parachutist dies after veering off course in Orange

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For the Gazette
Published: 6/4/2018 6:33:01 PM

ORANGE — A parachutist died Monday from injuries received when she struck a barn during a jump Saturday, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

The unidentified parachutist died after she “veered off course” and struck a barn on South Main Street, according to district attorney spokeswoman Mary Carey. The DA’s state police investigators and the Orange Police Department are investigating.

The woman was taken to Athol Hospital following the crash, before being transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, officials said.

According to Adam Klimpp from the Orange Municipal Airport, no incident was reported on airport property Saturday.

He referred a reporter to Jumptown Skydiving, a skydiving center that provides services for skydiving out of Orange Municipal Airport. Jumptown Skydiving is operated by the nonprofit organization Massachusetts Sport Parachute Club, according to its website.

Kevin Drivas, general manager for Jumptown Skydiving, said Monday the incident is “still under investigation” and that Jumptown does not have a comment.

Drivas did confirm that there was a group that jumped on Saturday, but it’s unclear whether the parachutist who died was affiliated with Jumptown.

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