Chris Darnell, 40, Shockwave Jet Truck Owner/Driver

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Turd Ferguson

Jul 2, 2022, 10:13:38 PM7/2/22

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- One person is dead after an accident during the
"pyrotechnic portion" of an air show in Michigan, police said.

The incident occurred Saturday shortly after 1 p.m. at the Battle Creek
Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, held at Battle Creek
Executive Airport.

Chris Darnell, 40, died while driving a race truck dubbed the Shockwave
Jet Truck during the air show, police said in an update Saturday
evening. The accident is under investigation.

Dramatic video by attendees of the air show captured the truck racing
two aircraft on the runway before the accident occurred. A small fire
behind the truck can be seen as the vehicle slides past a large fireball
and crashes, ABC News reported.

"Oh boy, we've got an incident here with our Shockwave out here at Air
Show Center," the announcer can be heard saying following the accident.

The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department and
Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene, police said.

Police have not released any further information amid the investigation.

The remainder of Saturday's air show was canceled "out of respect for
the incident that has occurred," Battle Creek Field of Flight said in a
statement. Saturday evening's activities were scheduled to resume at the
festival, which runs through Monday.

Shockwave, a custom-built race truck, is owned by Darnell Racing
Enterprises, based in Springfield, Missouri. ABC News has reached out to
the company for comment.

The truck, which was equipped with three flame-shooting jet engines, was
capable of racing at over 350 mph, according to its owners. It
frequently appeared at air show and drag racing exhibitions across the

Darnell was involved in motorsports "his entire life," according to a
bio on Darnell Racing's website, and worked with his father in the business.
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