Runaway catering truck nearly smashes into American jet before ground worker saves the day

Oct 1, 2019

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A video of an out-of-control catering truck nearly smashing into an airplane at Chicago O’Hare International Airport went viral Monday night, as several ground staff watched in confusion.

A video posted by Kevin Klauer, the chief executive at American Osteopathic Association in Chicago, shows a Gate Gourmet truck helplessly spinning in circles.

A ground worker is nearly struck before being pulled away. Another darts away from the truck’s path before becoming a victim. Toward the end of the video, the cart gets dangerously close to a nearby jet just before a quick-thinking employee rams his cart into the truck. Inside the airport, passengers seemed baffled at what was taking place outside.

“Oh my God … what is going on?” said a woman watching the scene unfold.

But when the worker stops the cart, clapping can be heard along with a “that’s how you do it!” from inside the terminal.

The video appeared to be taken from the gate area and went viral with over seven million views, 31,000 retweets and countless jokes.

American said in a statement that the “accelerator became stuck and caused the catering truck to lose control.” The airline said that no American employees were injured, but the incident resulted in one minor flight delay.

In true social media fashion, the jokes flew with one Twitter user calling it, “just another Monday at O’Hare.”

One Twitter user compared the real-life scene to a Hollywood movie.

Another commented on the state of Brexit.

And yet another compared the runaway truck to the Cincinnati Bengals offense, which was blown out by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Keeping to the sports theme, Deadspin awarded the clip its “sports highlight of the day.”

American thanked the ground worker who stopped the truck. The airline said that “safety is our top priority” and said it planned to investigate the incident.

Featured photo courtesy of Scott Olson/Getty Images

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