Delta Air Lines tug operator at JFK Airport killed on the job, officials say

JAMAICA, Queens -- Delta Air Lines is investigating after one of their employees was killed at JFK Airport on Wednesday.

According to officials with the Port Authority, a tug operator was hit by his own tug at the Terminal 4 ramp side around 3:30 p.m.

Sources tell ABC 7 Chicago sister station, WABC, he got off the tug to hook up a cart to it, but it somehow slipped into gear and ran over him.

Co-workers used a forklift to get the tug off him, but he could not be saved.

Delta said they are conducting a full investigation and released the following statement:

"The Delta team is grieving today following the loss of one of our own. We are extremely saddened by the passing of a JFK below-wing employee and have extended our full support to his family and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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