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Truck, small jet collide at O'Hare

October 19, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Authorities said three people were injured when a small regional jet struck a maintenance truck on a runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

No passengers were aboard the United Express jet, operated by SkyWest Airlines. It was traveling from a hangar to a gate when it collided with the truck early Saturday.

Fire Chief Joe Roccasalva said the driver of the truck was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Two mechanics from the plane were hospitalized in good condition.

SkyWest spokeswoman Nicole Drew said it wasn't clear from surveillance footage who was responsible for the accident.

Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said a runway was closed for less than two hours. Flight operations weren't affected.

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