Airport vehicle crash kills runway worker in Fargo

Updated: 8:55 p.m. | Posted: 12:32 p.m.

An early morning crash on a Fargo airport runway killed a worker who was painting runway markings.

Hector International Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Doberstein says a vehicle driven by an airport employee struck the contractor's paint rig, killing the driver.

Fargo police said 48-year-old Darry Arveson Jr. of Glen Ullin died at the scene.

Airport officials identified the driver as the airport's assistant director, Darren Anderson. A statement said Anderson and a passenger were not injured.

Anderson has worked with the Fargo Airport Authority since 1997, according to the statement.

Doberstein says both drivers had authority to be on the runway.

"At airports a lot of maintenance, on your runways especially, are done at night. The airport was still open except the primary runway was closed for this operation," said Doberstein.

Fargo police are investigating the accident.

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