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2 dead after mid-air collision at SkyDive Arizona

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ELOY, Ariz. -

Two skydivers were killed Tuesday after they collided during a jump over southern Arizona, collapsing their parachutes and sending them plummeting to the ground.

Sgt. Brian Jerome says one person was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center and was pronounced dead there.

"They do a lot of jumps here.. they're gonna have an accident or two and some people are gonna die.. it just happens," said Mike Holland, owner of the SkyRider Inn, which is next to SkyDive Arizona.

Holland said he saw ambulances leaving the facility Tuesday evening.

"I was coming back from town.. about 5:30 or so and I saw an ambulance going back into town, so I knew something was up, but I didn't know it was here for sure until I got here and then I saw an ambulance coming up real slow.. that's an indication that it's a fatality," he said.

"Witnesses have reported the two skydivers collided in mid-air at a height of approximately 200 to 300 feet, at which time their canopies collapsed and both fell to the ground," said Jerome.

Investigators say a third skydiver was injured, but the injury was not related to or caused by the mid-air crash between the other two skydivers.

Eloy Police will not release the names of the victims in this case until their families have been notified.  Authorities say the skydivers are not from the United States.

Skydive Arizona is a training facility that operates out of the Eloy Municipal Airport, about 60 miles south of Phoenix. Its web site says it's the largest drop zone in the world, for skydivers of all skill levels.

This is a developing story.  Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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