Pedestrian, 81, in critical condition after airport accident

Harlingen Police Department investigators block off the arrival-departure lanes at Valley International Airport as they investigate a vehicle-pedestrian accident which has left an 81-year-old man in critical condition. (Rick Kelley | Valley Morning Star)

The incident occurred at 11:40 a.m. Thursday

“What appears to have happened is the individual who was driving accidentally struck a pedestrian who was loading and offloading their vehicle in the curb area,” said Bryan Wren, assistant director of aviation at the airport. “It appears he hit him pretty hard and right now all we know is the individual who was hit is in critical condition and is currently in surgery at Valley Baptist.”

The Harlingen Police Department has not released the names of the victim or the driver. It was unclear if any charges have been filed.

The approach to the airport’s departure and arrival entrances consists of a loading lane along the curb and three other lanes. The speed limit of 15 mph is clearly marked, and safety measures include a flashing sign which indicates vehicle speed on the approach to the luggage loading area.

Airport security cameras recorded video of the incident and it was turned over to police investigators, Wren said.