Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Employee Dies After Baggage Vehicle Overturns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials say an employee at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport died following an accident that happened Sunday evening.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says the employee, 24-year-old Kendrick Hudson, was operating a tug transporting baggage when he tried to avoid a piece of luggage that was on the tarmac.  Police say Hudson was unable to avoid the luggage even after trying to make a hard right turn.  The tug flipped and ejected Hudson.  Police say he was pinned underneath the tug.  Hudson was transported to the hospital after the crash but he died from his injuries, according to airport officials.

A spokesperson from the airport says,

Our thoughts are with the employee’s family and co-workers. The Airport is working closely with its airline partner and are assisting, as needed. We are extremely grateful for the quick response of our emergency crews and law enforcement officers and for the medical assistance and care they provided to the airline employee.

The North Carolina Department of Labor says the OSH Division was notified about the accident and has opened an investigation.  They say fatality investigations typically take three to four months to complete, but depending on the complexity of the case, it could take longer.

American Airlines released the following statement:

American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of one of our team members from Piedmont Airlines late last night. Right now our priority is caring for his family, and for our team in Charlotte. We are extremely grateful to the coworkers and emergency personnel who provided assistance and medical aid throughout this event.

No other details have been released at this time.