A dump truck driver accidentally rolled over a construction crew member who was using a portable toilet while working on the Louis Armstrong Airport expansion project Thursday morning, Kenner police said.
The worker, who was in his second day on the job, had a collapsed right lung, multiple pelvic fractures and possibly some internal bleeding, said Lt. Brian McGregor, the Kenner police's spokesman.
The worker is facing admission into an intensive care as well as surgery, but he is expected to recover, McGregor said. He is a 28-year-old man from Harvey, but his name was not released.
The name of the dump truck driver was also not released. Police said they have not issued any citations in the 10:40 a.m. incident because it occurred on private property at the corner of Aberdeen and 23rd streets.
The driver works for Kolb Grading, a contractor on the airport project, McGregor said. The injured worker is employed by one of the companies making up the joint venture heading up the project, comprised of local construction titans Hunt, Gibbs, Boh and Metro.
The site of the accident sits north of the airport, owned by the city government of neighboring New Orleans.
New Orleans officials hope the $1 billion expansion and new terminal project is completed next year. The project broke ground early last year.