Parachutist undergoes surgery after Chicago air show injury

A Navy Leap Frog parachutist receives medical attention on North Avenue Beach on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, after a performance at the first day of the annual Chicago Air & Water Show in Chicago. (Michael Noble Jr./Chicago Tribune via AP)
A Navy Leap Frog parachutist receives medical attention on North Avenue Beach on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, after a performance at the first day of the annual Chicago Air & Water Show in Chicago. (Michael Noble Jr./Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) – A spokeswoman for a U.S. Army parachute team says one of two parachutists injured during the Chicago Air & Water Show remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Donna Dixon is a spokeswoman for the Army Golden Knights parachute team. She tells the Chicago Tribune that one parachutist – a man in his late 20s – had surgery to relieve pressure in his brain caused by a head injury.

She says he was still critical condition Sunday. The man’s name hasn’t been released.

Authorities say the two collided while performing a stunt Saturday. Witnesses said at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

The other man, a member of the Navy Leap Frogs, was treated for a broken leg.

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