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An airport employee at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) was struck by a fuel truck and killed in an accident yesterday morning. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services pronounced the employee dead at the scene.
The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that accident happened near Gates 33 and 34 on the secure side of the airport. Airport operations were not impacted as a result of the accident.
AUS statement regarding a fatal incident involving an airport employee. Please keep our AUS airport community in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/3SSlCFuORu
— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (@AUStinAirport) October 31, 2023
The airport released the following statement:
This morning, the City of Austin Department of Aviation requested emergency service personnel to respond to an incident involving an injured on-duty airport employee.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services pronounced the employee deceased on the scene.
Our thoughts are with the deceased’s loved ones, friends, families and colleagues and we ask our community to keep them in their thoughts.
The incident occurred outdoors, on the secure side of the airport where aircraft park for passengers to board. Airport operations & flights have not been impacted by the incident.”
This is the second fatal accident at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in the past seven months. In April, an American Airlines employee driving a ground-service vehicle died when it crashed into a jet bridge near Gate 24. In June, an employee committed suicide at another Texas airport. San Antonio International Airport (SAT) saw an employee get sucked into a Delta Air Lines jet engine and die instantly (more here).
Anthony’s Take: What a sad incident. You never know when your time is up and must try to make the most of every minute. My condolences to the friends and family of this employee in Austin.
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