Airport worker killed by tire explodes in workshop

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Airport worker killed by tire explodes in workshop.

An airport contractor was killed Tuesday evening at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana when a jet bridge’s 4-foot-tall tire exploded, officials said.

The incident occurred as two contractors were working on the tire about 11:30 p.m. in a workshop near Gate 3, said Deanne Thompson, an airport spokeswoman.

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The explosion triggered a fire alarm and sprinklers inside the workshop and prompted a response from Orange County Fire Authority firefighter-paramedics stationed at the airport.

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One of the workers, who was not identified, suffered fatal injuries. The other worker declined medical attention, Thompson said.

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Airport operations were not affected.

An investigation was launched by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration are expected to arrive at the facility sometime Wednesday.

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