Two construction workers killed in accident at New York’s JFK airport | New York

Two construction workers were killed in a job site accident at New York’s John F Kennedy international airport on Monday, officials said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, said the two workers were trapped under construction rubble at about 11am. A spokesperson for New York City’s fire department said the rubble collapsed in a trench near the airport’s busy terminal 7.

Approximately 60 firefighters worked to remove the workers from the trench. Both workers were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not immediately released.

The Port Authority said in a news release that it will conduct a thorough investigation.

Flight operations were not affected, the authority said. CBS News reported that at least some of the dead workers’ devastated colleagues could be seen being led away from the trench in tears.

Monday’s deaths drew the attention of New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul, who issued a statement on Twitter saying her “thoughts are with the loved ones of [the] two people tragically killed”.

In her own statement, New York’s city council speaker, Adrienne Adams, whose district includes the airport, said local construction workplace deaths were at a five-year high and pledged to “focus on supporting the [dead workers’] families in their healing”.

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