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SUV crashes into Eppley Airfield terminal; 3 people injured
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SUV crashes into Eppley Airfield terminal; 3 people injured

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SUV crashes into Eppley Airfield terminal

A Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into the Eppley Airfield terminal on Monday afternoon, injuring several people.

OMAHA -- An SUV crashed into the Eppley Airfield terminal on Monday afternoon, injuring three people.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into a revolving door and windows near the United Airlines area at the north end of the terminal at 1:35 p.m.

The driver had just flown into Eppley from California, said Tim Conahan, chief of the Omaha Airport Authority Police Department. The man's brother, who had driven to the airport to pick him up, said he needed to use the restroom, so he asked him to drive around and come back to pick him up, Conahan said.

The man who had flown in from California shifted the Jeep into reverse and started backing up, which startled him, Conahan said. He then shifted into drive and the SUV jumped the curb, hitting his brother and a woman in a wheelchair getting into her car, Conahan said.

The brother was knocked through the glass and ended up inside the terminal, Conahan said. He was taken in critical condition to Creighton University Medical Center. The woman was taken in serious condition to the Nebraska Medical Center. The Jeep driver also was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of some cuts, Conahan said.

The Omaha police department accident unit was investigating.

The names of the injured people were not immediately released.

People couldn't use the doors on the north end of the terminal because of the crash, Conahan said.

World-Herald staff writer Alia Conley contributed to this report.

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