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A stunt truck with a jet engine crashes at the Michigan Air Show, killing a driver

(CNN)A jet engine stunt truck crashed at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan, and died. According to the video of the incident, the driver.

In a statement,Battle Creek police identified Chris Darnell, 40, as the driver of the SHOCKWAVE jet truck.A custom-made semi-truck with three jet engines., I was driving on the runway at Battle Creek Executive Airport at over 300 mph.

The accident occurred around 1:10 pm. "Between the Fireworks Part" of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and the show at the Balloon Festival, police said earlier.

A video shot by air show participant Mike Westra showed a truck racing two planes, slowing down the runway, then spinning and crashing. .. Another video shows a parachute unfolding behind a truck just before the crash.

The black smoke and thick plume seen in the video was part of the show's pyrotechnic exhibit and had nothing to do with the accident, Westra told CNN. In the video, you'll see smoke and fire before the truck loses control.

Emergency response personnel were waiting at the airport and responded promptly, Westra said. "Within a minute or two they were watering the fire," Westra added.

Westra saw the burnt debris after the fire was extinguished and told CNN that he "became upside down."

Police said the accident was under investigation by police and the Battle Creek Fire Department.

The SHOCKWAVE jet track can reach speeds in excess of 350 mph.According to the company's website. For each site, the truck was driven by Darnell and owned by Darnell Racing Enterprise in Springfield, Missouri.
In a statement,Darnell's father, Neil Darnell, confirmed that his youngest child haddied and wrote that the accident occurred "as a result of a mechanical failure." ing.

"We are very sad," wrote Neil Darnell. "Just a month ago, Chris turned 40. He was loved by everyone who knew him. Chris loved the air show business."