Three hurt at Seattle Tacoma airport after car crashes into departures building

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Three people, including a child, were hospitalized after a car crashed into the departures building at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) on May 17, 2023. 

The airport confirmed the incident via a post on Twitter, and also advised that the Upper Departures Drive was closed. 

Seattle Fire and Police were called to the scene.

The crash occurred near the Alaska Airlines check-in area at around 14:00 local time.

Dan Schulz, a witness to the incident, told local media KIRO 7 that the scene was “just like chaos”.

“All of a sudden I heard just this huge noise, it sounded like an explosion,” Schulz said. 

“I instantly turned around and saw the truck coming to a stop and a truck basically ran into the airport and it sounded almost like the person, I don’t know if this is the case but it sounded to me like the person stepped on the gas and drove into kind of a crowd, a crowded part of the airport,” Schulz added.

Investigations found that the crash was unintentional, but no information has been released yet regarding the cause. 

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Jean Carmela Lim
Journalist[br][br]Jean is a member of AeroTime’s editorial team, working as an aviation writer and based in Manila, Philippines. Previously, she worked in operational aviation roles in Manila, Philippines and Seoul, South Korea before moving to Australia to work in corporate and government travel. In 2012, Jean established her own luxury and adventure travel blog, Holy Smithereens. She is also a contributor for World Travel Market London, one of the biggest annual events in the travel sector. She covers trends and issues in hospitality and luxury travel for a B2B market, interviewing key personalities in the industry.
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