Driver killed in jet-fueled semitruck had Missouri ties

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP & KSNF) — One man has died following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck performance at a southwestern Michigan air show.

Emergency crews responded after the explosion happened at about 1 p.m. Saturday at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

An air show spokeswoman says the Shockwave Jet Truck was going down a runway when the explosion occurred.

The truck is part of Springfield, Missouri-based Darnell Racing Enterprises. It is powered by two jet engines and reached speeds topping 300 mph.

1-year-old boy dies Sunday morning

The driver of the truck was Chris Darnell, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University who called southwest Missouri home.

In a post published Saturday night on the Shockwave Jet Truck Facebook page , Chris Darnell’s father, Neal Darnell said the following:

“During today’s SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck performance at the Battle Creek ‘Field of Flight’ Airshow, an accident occurred as a result of a mechanical failure on the Jet Truck. Regretfully, Chris Darnell, the driver and my youngest son, passed away from his injuries at approximately 1:01 p.m. No one else was involved. I will post more information as we get it. We will provide Funeral Arrangements sometime this week. We are so sad. Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the Air Show business. He was ‘Living the Dream,’ as he said.”

Neal Darnell – Father of Chris Darnell
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Kevin Campbell

my heart goes out to this family in this time of grief may God help you through this very extremely hard time of life


RIP Hopefully the victims family and friends and loved ones can find the strength to get through this

Karen Beckwith

🙏 .. I know the owner of this truck .. I've seen him racing it for more the 30 years .. I don't know chris his new driver but he's in my prayers


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