WASHINGTON – A construction worker on the Bay Bridge was airlifted Tuesday after he was hit by a five-gallon paint bucket, while working on a platform located about 15 feet below the roadway.
Emergency crews from Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel County fire departments were called to the bridge around 10:45 a.m.
A rescuer was lowered to the platform to immobilize the patient, who was hoisted in a rescue basket and onto a stretcher waiting on the bridge.
The 51-year-old man was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Westbound Route 50 at the Bay Bridge was stopped to all traffic due to the emergency response for the injured worker. The westbound span reopened at 12:30 p.m.
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police are investigating the incident.
MDTA sent out the following tweet:
Update – worker’s injuries appear non life- threatening. WB traffic held for response. @themdta will reopen lanes when clear. 1- 877-BAYSPAN
— MDTA (@TheMDTA) June 4, 2013
WBAL tweeted out the following photo of the emergency response: