Truck Crashes Into Plane; Driver Injured In Utah Airport Smash-Up

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 4, 2013 8:18 AM EST

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A truck crashed into a cargo plane (not pictured) on Sunday night at Salt Lake City International Airport. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A truck crashed into a plane at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday night. The accident damaged both vehicles and sent the driver to the hospital. According to SLCIA spokeswoman Barbara Gann, the truck crashed into the plane around 6:20 p.m., PST, and an extensive clean-up of the runway was required when the truck crashed into the plane's wing and caused fuel to spill across the tarmac. Salt Lake City Fire Department hazardous materials crews were working to clean up the spill, she said.

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The wing of the cargo plane smashed through the windshield when the truck crashed into the plane, which is what resulted in the driver's injuries. The name of the driver and his condition were not released. He was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center, but specifics are unknown about the types of injuries he sustained when his truck crashed into the plane.

Authorities are investigating the scene to determine what caused the truck to crash into the plane. Initially, the accident was thought to be the result of dense, low-lying fog that had covered the Salt Lake Valley on Sunday night, but Gann said that the fog had been ruled out as a potential cause. There was no word as to whether any drug or alcohol testing had been administered to the driver or if authorities believed he may have been operating his vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Federal law requires such testing only in accidents where a fatality has occurred, and fortunately, there were no fatalities reported when the truck crashed into the plane. However, most trucking and transportation companies reserve the right to test employees at random or after a crash where drugs and alcohol are believed to have been a factor.  

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