Skydiver injured in celebrity softball stunt

Three of the seven vehicles involved in the crash. (FOX19 Jane Elliot)
Three of the seven vehicles involved in the crash. (FOX19 Jane Elliot)

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) – - A skydiver had a rough landing Wednesday night as a part of a stunt at the University of Cincinnati Health Stadium in Florence and was taken to the hospital.

The skydiver, decked out with a patriotic parachute, floated into the stadium where the Florence Freedom play around 8 p.m. during the opening ceremonies for a celebrity softball game. A gasp could be heard from the crowd as the skydiver made an awkward landing on the field.

Emergency crews reportedly rushed the field and the skydiver was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Officials at the ballpark say he suffered a minor hip injury.

Seven vehicles collided on Mall Road at U.S. 42 near the ballpark around the same time the skydivers were floating toward the stadium. Witnesses to the crash told FOX19 that area drivers were watching the skydivers float overhead with large flags billowing behind them, calling it a "spectacle."

According to a report obtained from the Florence Police Department, however, the driver who initially started the seven-car pile-up said he had felt dizzy earlier in the day and did not remember anything after passing Hopeful Church Road.

Five people were taken to the hospital following the accident. Authorities say they all suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Editor's note: Updated to reflect the correct name of the stadium and new information from the police report.

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