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Southwest employee dies after accident at Dulles

3:45 p.m. Update: Southwest Airlines declined to identify the worker “out of respect to the family,” spokeswoman Brandy King said.

The airline released the following statement:

“On Thursday, Jan. 26, at approximately 7am, a Southwest Employee was involved in a collision between a baggage cart and a mobile lounge at Washington Dulles Airport. Immediately following the accident, the injured Employee was rushed to an area hospital to receive medical attention.  We learned earlier today, Friday, Jan. 27, that the Employee passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. We continue to work with all relevant agencies, including the local authorities and the airport, to investigate events surrounding 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.” 

Original post: A Southwest Airlines employee died overnight after an accident at Dulles International Airport, according to a spokesman for the facility.

The authority did not release a name for the worker who suffered injuries after an accident that occurred about 7 a.m. Thursday on the tarmac near the B concourse.

Robert Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said the worker was piloting a baggage cart when it collided with one of the Dulles people movers.

No passengers were injured, Yingling said, but the worker was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

“Police are still investigating,” he said.

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