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Paraglider critically injured after apparent parachute collapse
First Published Apr 20 2014 04:08 pm • Last Updated Apr 20 2014 08:25 pm

A paraglider was critically injured when he reportedly crashed Sunday afternoon near Point of the Mountain.

Emergency responders received a call at about 3 p.m. about the crash, near 15300 S. Steep Mountain Drive in Draper, a popular hang gliding site. A 32-year-old man’s parachute apparently collapsed while he was 10 feet to 15 feet above the ground, which swung him into the hillside, said Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton.

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The man, who was wearing a helmet, was knocked unconscious. A crew rescued him from the hillside and a helicopter flew him to a hospital in critical condition, Anderton said. The battalion chief was not immediately aware of the extent of the man’s injuries, or whether they are life-threatening.

It was not immediately clear why the man’s parachute collapsed, Anderton said.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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