Man hits power lines while skydiving during tribute to veterans

WKRN-TV ABC 2


On Saturday a skydiver hit a set of power lines before smashing into the ground during a tribute to veterans in Tennessee.

27-year-old John Pitts hit the power lines at The Vietnam Memorial Day event titled “Red, White, and You” in Winchester. Pitts is an experienced skydiver with more than 1,000 jumps.

Thousands of people came to the show at the time of Pitts fall and some were seen praying for him after the accident.

Pitts was airlifted to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. He is married and the father of two children.

Derek Slade was jumping out of the same plane as Pitts and saw the accident happen.

“It could have been very catastrophic. He’s very lucky it turned out the way it did,” Slade said.

Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this accident.

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