For 25-year-old Jared Patrick Dodson, Jan. 26 was supposed to be just another day at the office. Well, at his office, anyway. Dodson was driving a luggage cart on the tarmac of Washington Dulles International Airport when he was hit by a “mobile lounge” passenger transport. Dodson died the next day at an area hospital from complications.
The accident occurred at approximately 7 a.m., according to Southwest Airlines – Dodson's employer – which released a statement the following day.
“Immediately following the accident, the injured employee was rushed to an area hospital to receive medical attention,” part of the statement read. “We learned [Jan. 27], that the Employee passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the accident...The Southwest Airlines Family is greatly saddened by the passing of our Southwest Family Member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his entire family at this time.”
While the airline did not initially release Dodson's name, his information became available via an obituary sent out by his family.
None of the passengers aboard the transport shuttle were injured. The large shuttles have been in use at Dulles Airport since its opening, as there was no train system prior to the opening of the Aerotrain in 2010. Still, the shuttles are used for select areas of the airport.
The incident remains under investigation by the Airports Authority Police Department. A spokesperson had no additional information as of Feb. 6.
Dodson was born in Bulnes, Chile and his family lived in Paeonian Springs, Va. His family held a formal service on Feb. 4.
This is a developing story.