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Man driving luggage vehicle killed in crash at Midway Airport

A man driving a luggage vehicle was killed in a crash Friday night at Chicago Midway International Airport on the Southwest Side, police said.

About 11:20 p.m., 52-year-old Michael Yates was ejected from his luggage vehicle when it crashed into another luggage vehicle at Midway, 5700 S. Cicero Ave., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Yates, of the 400 block of Heather Lane in Carol Stream, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

A Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman said the crash involved Southwest Airlines employees and referred all questions about the incident to Southwest and Chicago Police.

“After an accident involving ground equipment, one of our Ramp Agents at Chicago Midway passed away last night,” Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time. Resources are on site to support our Southwest Family at Midway.”

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.