Originally created 02/25/03

All but one of four skydivers hurt at NASCAR race released



FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Three military skydivers injured during an exhibition before a weekend NASCAR race were released from hospitals Monday.

One is still hospitalized. Col. Leonard H. Kiser, a senior Army National Guard adviser for the Army's Special Operations Command, remained in good condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, hospital spokesman Scott White said.

Sgt. 1st Class Stuart J. Goodall, Maj. Anthony C. Dill, and Air Force Capt. Jesse L. Peterson were released Monday from Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Peterson, a detachment commander in the Air Force's 10th Combat Weather Squadron, had been attached to the Army's Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, spokeswoman Carol Darby said.

Their ages and hometowns were not immediately available Monday, Darby said.

Four other jumpers from the Army Special Operations Command Parachute team, called the Black Daggers, were uninjured during their low-altitude jump during pre-race activities for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway.

Winds of up to 40 mph blew the parachutists off their landing target on the track. The injured jumpers bounced off tractor-trailers and landed hard on the track's asphalt.

The team jumped from 3,000 feet above ground level from a UH-60 Army Black Hawk helicopter, Special Operations Command said in a statement.

"Wind readings at the time the jumpers exited the aircraft were within legal and safe limits to conduct the demonstration," the statement said.

All of the parachutists had more than 1,000 free-fall parachute jumps, the statement said.