WATCH: Driver Destroys Airport In High Speed Crash, Taking Out Baggage Conveyor
A man in a speeding truck drove through a perimeter fence, across the airfield and crashed through a cinder block wall Thursday morning at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.
The truck took out a baggage conveyor as it crashed into the building, eventually coming to a stop when it hit a car rental counter, airport president and CEO Rick Piccolo said.
Piccolo expressed relief no one else was in the baggage claim at the time of the crash because of the early hour.
He said he couldn't imagine the injuries this could have caused, had it happened later in the day.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital, and is in a medically induced coma.
It's still unclear what caused the crash. Piccolo says the man was driving at least 100 mph at the time and caused about AU$365,000 in damage.
There were two employees behind the rental car counter at the time of the crash, but they were not hurt.
The airport will be operational in time for the first flight today, Piccolo said. Several law enforcement agencies are investigating.