Coolidge residents witness parachuting accident

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Field in Coolidge where skydiver fell tangled in his parachute. 22 Jan. 2018 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Field in Coolidge where skydiver fell tangled in his parachute. 22 Jan. 2018 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
A skydiver was injured Monday after he became tangled in his parachute and landed hard. 22 Jan. 2018 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) A skydiver was injured Monday after he became tangled in his parachute and landed hard. 22 Jan. 2018 (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
COOLIDGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It was a horrifying accident seen by Coolidge residents Monday morning. People there started the day watching helplessly as a man in military uniform fell from the sky, tangled in his parachute. 

It happened around 7:45 this morning near Valley Farms Rd. and Coolidge Ave just north of the Coolidge Airport. 

One woman says it's a sight she won't soon forget. 

"I was on my back porch and I was having my first cup of coffee and I heard a noise behind me, it sounded like tarps in the wind," she said. 

Seconds later, she heard the impact just feet from the end of her driveway.

"There was somebody in a parachute that [sic] had fallen from the sky," she said.

The woman, who does not want to be identified, called 911 while her husband and another neighbor started CPR. 

"I'm still a little traumatized. You don't see that kind of stuff every day," she said. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he died. The witness says her thoughts go out to his family.

"He had people by his side, we tried to comfort him as much as we could until help got here," she said. "So he was not alone. He was not alone." 

We reached out multiple times to the United States Marine Corps for information on this accident, but have not received any response. 

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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