Two workers were tragically killed on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in a construction accident. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that they received a call at 11 am that two workers were trapped beneath construction rubble. Emergency services attempted to rescue the two workers and they were declared dead at the scene.
The identities of the workers and their employer are pending next of kin notification. The incident happened in a trench near the airport’s Terminal 7 and resulted in traffic delays for over three hours. Flight operations were not affected.
“Due to ongoing emergency activity, please expect roadway delays in the vicinity of Terminals 5 and 7 at JFK Airport,” the airport said in a tweet.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has released a statement saying that a stop order has been issued for all construction at the airport until safety reviews have been conducted. They are conducting a thorough investigation and will be cooperating with all other investigative agencies.
New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, has expressed her condolences on Twitter to the loved ones of the people who were killed in the tragedy.
My thoughts are with the loved ones of two people tragically killed while working on a construction site at @JFKairport earlier today. @PANYNJ is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) April 3, 2023
The cause of the accident is still unknown and the investigation is ongoing. The Port Authority has not released any further details on the incident.
A fellow construction worker posted on Twitter saying,
An very unfortunate event happened yesterday at JFK airport not too far from my job site, two brothers in the trades, I just want to tell everyone out there who is in the trades to be safe and make it home in one piece. Love you all – LD https://t.co/Qhz948UEZc
— Local Degenerate (@Johnpaul524) April 4, 2023
The Port Authority is currently investigating the incident and we hope to gain further understanding of what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased workers.