Skydiver hit by big rig after landing on California highway

LODI, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a skydiver was killed when they landed on a highway in central California and was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The Fresno Bee reports that the skydiver had taken off Thursday afternoon from the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center.

It was not immediately clear what caused the skydriver to drift onto the highway but an onlooker who witnessed the aftermath reported strong winds in the area.

The victim’s identity was not released.

The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on Highway 99 near Lodi Airport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Francisco, shutting several lanes.

The Lodi Parachute Center has had numerous fatalities in recent years. In 2018, the facility was raided by FBI agents who confiscated records and video footage.

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