Update: Police ID man injured in paragliding crash

03/01/2015 11:01 AM |
Rescue workers responded to a hang-gliding crash at EPCAL in Calveron on Monday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Rescue workers responded to a paragliding crash in Calverton Monday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Correction: This report initially identified the machine that crashed as a hang glider. It was a powered paraglider.

A 49-year-old Shirley man was badly injured Sunday morning in a paragliding crash at the Calverton Enterprise Park, according to Riverhead Town police. 

Marcelo Ibarra crashed in a field shortly after taking off from the south runway at EPCAL about 8:20 a.m., police said. He suffered a possible fracture of both femurs, according to a police press release.

He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Stony Brook spokesperson Greg Filiano said Mr. Ibarra was in serious condition as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to assist Riverhead police in the investigation of the accident.

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