Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Lyon airport flights grounded as auto rams terminal, speeds onto runway

Lyon airport flights grounded as auto rams terminal, speeds onto runway

An amateur video on social media showed the auto being chased by several police vehicles.

Officers said the vehicle had come onto the runway during a high-speed pursuit by police cars and a helicopter as it drove in the wrong direction along a nearby motorway.

France's Lyon airport temporarily closed its runway on Monday (Sep 10) while police chased an intruder who had rammed a auto through a terminal building and sped across the tarmac before being detained, police and judicial sources said.

A man rammed a vehicle through a terminal building then sped through a field onto the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry worldwide airport.

The auto is seen careening across the dirt and onto the runway before the fugitive throws himself from the vehicle and starts running.

Highway police and a police helicopter laid chase, the regional government said in a statement.

"Arriving at the Lyon-Bron airport, he forced his way through the security barriers before heading towards the airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry where again, he forced the security barriers with his vehicle".

The airport has been closed until at least 6pm local time.

Still chased by police, he then crashed through two glass doors at the airport's Terminal 1 to drive onto the runways.

A police source added that the man's motives were not yet known.

The airport's operator said a Twitter that after an "incident" traffic had been suspended until further notice.

After continuing for a few metres the driver then abandons the auto while it is still moving and tries to flee on foot.

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