Tennessee skydiver dies after accident at high school football’s Musket Bowl game
A skydiver who was injured prior to the start of a Tennessee high-school football game on Friday has died, Washington County Schools confirmed to WJHL News.
The skydiver had attempted to land on the field at during pre-game activities at the Musket Bowl game between Daniel Boone High School and David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The parachutist was taken to a hospital after suffering injuries, authorities said.
Washington County Schools Superintendent Jerry Boyd shared his condolences with the family of the skydiver.
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Boyd noted that the victim was a husband, father and grandfather.
According to Boyd, the skydiver was hired before the game and worked with a professional company.
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Medial personnel on site rendered aid to the skydiver after the landing.
A moment of silence was held at the football stadium shortly after the parachutist was airlifted to a hospital.
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Students at both high schools will have supportive services available, Body said.
Jonesborough is located outside of Johnson City, Tennessee, and is near the Virginia state border.
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Officials ultimately decided not to postpone the game. The Musket Bowl eventually kicked off around 7:45 p.m., approximately 45 minutes after the originally scheduled time.