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Virginia woman dies while skydiving in South Carolina

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CHESTER, S.C. (AP) - A Virginia woman has died in a skydiving accident in South Carolina.

Chester County Emergency Management Director Eddie Murphy told news outlets the woman died at the county airport around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Coroner Terry Tinker says the victim, Carolyn Clay of Williamsburg, Virginia was an experienced skydiver with 15,000 jumps under her belt.

Tinker said Clay's main chute opened. But it had some kind of malfunction and Clay went into a spin and died from blunt force trauma after hitting the ground.

The skydiving company Skydive Carolina issued a statement Thursday saying that Clay was participating in an annual event called CarolinaFest and had more than 15,000 skydives under her belt.  Investigations are trying to figure out what caused the parachute

The airport is near Lowrys, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Rock Hill.

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