JetBlue employee run over by jet bridge

His legs were trapped under its wheels

DANIA BEACH, Fla. - A jet bridge ran over a JetBlue employee at the Fort Lauderdale airport early on Sunday, sending the 30-year-old man to the hospital, Broward County officials said.

The man's legs were trapped, and he had to be extricated before Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue took him to Broward General Medical Center, said airport spokesman Gregory Meyer. The jet bridge is the walkway that connects the terminal with the aircraft.

The man was conscious and breathing, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. The man's condition at the hospital was not available Sunday evening.

The victim was responsible for directing airplane movement on the ground, Meyer said.

The man's name was not available late Sunday.

JetBlue will investigate the incident, Meyer said.

He said such mishaps are rare at the airport.

Passengers on the flight from New York City to Fort Lauderdale were able to get off the plane without any delay, Meyer said.