St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Email editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message

Exploding tire critically injures airport workers

Published February 14, 2007


FORT LAUDERDALE - Two mechanics were critically injured Tuesday when a tire on a moveable passenger boarding bridge exploded at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, authorities said.

Kevin Scott, 52, of Hollywood and Richard Hernandez, 49, of Davie were rushed to Broward General Medical Center "with potentially life-threatening injuries," said Broward sheriff's spokesman Mike Jachles.

The men were working to replace the tire on a passenger bridge in the Continental Airlines terminal when it blew up about 10 a.m. There was no plane at the gate and no flights were delayed, according to Greg Meyer of the Broward County Aviation Department.

The tire weighed about 225 pounds. The blowout sent it flying 80 feet, Jachles said.

"It must have been a tremendous amount of force that propelled that 225-pound tire and wheel to go that far," he said.

[Last modified February 14, 2007, 00:25:23]

Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters