Stunt truck with jet engines crashes at Michigan air show, killing driver

Stunt truck with jet engines crashes at Michigan air show, killing driver

(CNN)A jet-powered stunt truck spun out of control and crashed at an air show in Battle Creek

Michigan, killing the driver, according to police and footage of the incident.

In a statement, Battle Creek police identified Chris Darnell, 40, as the driver of the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck

a custom-built semitruck equipped with three jet engines

which was racing down the runway at the Battle Creek Executive Airport at more than 300 miles per hour.

The accident occurred around 1:10 p.m. "during the pyrotechnic portion" 

 of the show at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, police said earlier.

Video shot by air show attendee Mike Westra showed the truck racing two planes

speeding down the runway before spinning and crashing

 Another video shows a parachute deploying behind the truck right before the crash.

A thick plume of black smoke and fire seen in the videos were part of the show's pyrotechnic display and not related to the accident

Westra told CNN. In the videos, the smoke and fire are seen before the truck loses control.

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