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1 dead after paragliding accident in Utah County

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Feb 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-24 00:12:27-05

FAIRFIELD, Utah – A man was killed in a paraglidng accident near Fairfield Sunday.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to FOX 13 News that a person had died as a result of a paragliding accident.

Lt. Yvette Rice of the Utah County Sheriff's Office said the victim is a 54-year-old male who crashed around 5:45 p.m. The accident occurred near Allen Ranch Road off of State Route 73 south of Fairfield.

Officials said the man was part of a group of four paragliders in the area.

Sgt. John O'Hara of the Utah County Sheriff's Office described the accident.

"The preliminary information is that there was an accident or a mishap at a fairly high altitude, the victim did crash into the ground out here," he said. "AirMed responded and arrived shortly after we did, and at the time of our arrival, it was determined that the victim was deceased."

The name of the victim has not been released, as officials are still working to notify his family. The man is a Utah resident.

Officials said the area is flat, and that the people were using a vehicle to tow and launch the paragliders into the air. Police are investigating the accident.