Officials said two construction workers perished at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday morning after becoming trapped beneath debris at a nearby construction site.
According to CBS New York, which captured aerial video of the incident near the generating station that supplies power to JFK, the workers were trapped in a trench for more than an hour following an accident at an airport construction site that entailed some sort of collapse. The event took place, in accordance with airport officials, at about 11 a.m. local time.
The arm of a bulldozer parked close to the edge is seen reaching downward as a large group of first responders is packed around what looks to be a long, narrow ditch roped off by planks.
According to CBS New York, both people stuck in the trench were dragged out and sent to a hospital, but they both died due to their wounds.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the airport and the Port Authority, the organization in charge of managing regional transportation in New York and New Jersey, confirmed the deaths of the two employees.
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Details about the construction site incident and how a collapse may have occurred are still unclear. According to the Port Authority statement, officials “received a report of two workers trapped under construction rubble at JFK International Airport” on Monday morning.
The Port Authority dispatched its police officers to respond to the scene along with New York City firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.
All construction at JFK has been stopped in the wake of the incident. The Port Authority said it “is conducting a thorough investigation” into what happened and “will be cooperating with all other investigative agencies.”
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