Driver flies through Philadelphia Airport gate reaching the runway

An alleged intoxicated driver made his way onto the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport Sunday morning (YC.NEWS PHOTO/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU)
An alleged intoxicated driver made his way onto the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport Sunday morning (YC.NEWS PHOTO/NIK HATZIEFSTATHIOU)

An allegedly intoxicated man somehow managed to drive a civilian vehicle onto the runway at Philadelphia International Airport Sunday morning, authorities say.

The driver sped down Enterprise Avenue towards Island Avenue when he hopped a median at the Island Ave curve, plowing through the guardrail, gate and a few metal poles that are designed to keep vehicles off of the runway.

FAA Air Traffic Control was alerted by their ground radar and acted quickly to stop all air traffic to avoid any conflicts, sources told YC.

The Airport’s airfield perimeter security fencing meets or exceeds all federally mandated standards and our airfield is secure. While this was a very rare incident, the various layers of security interacted extremely well to bring this incident to a safe conclusion for any travelers.

We are working to find out more about the driver who sources say is in critical condition.

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