Skydiver hurt in hard landing in Sewell home's backyard

SEWELL A skydiver was injured in a hard land in the backyard of a Sewell residence.

Police said the victim, a 60-year-old man, landed on the 1800 block of Glassboro-Cross Keys Road shortly before 4:45 p.m. A parachute did appear to open at some point, Washington Township Lt. Dennis Sims said, so it was unclear what caused the incident.

"There was some kind of issue as he got closer to the ground," Sims said. "Maybe [he] got thrown off course."

Sims said the victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Early indications, he said, were that the injuries were not life-threatening.

The jump was associated with Freefall Adventures, based in Williamstown, Sims said. A New York skydiving enthusiast died in April while doing a jump with Freefall. Calls to the company Thursday night went unanswered.

- Angelo Fichera and Michael Boren