BETHESDA, Md. - A Metro worker was rescued after falling down a maintenance shaft while clearing drains near the Bethesda station.
The accident happened around 1 a.m. near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street.
Officials say the worker was removing debris and leaves from a drainage area that was about 15 feet below street level. While working, he is believed to have slipped and fell to a lower level that was approximately 20 feet further down.
The worker was pulled from the shaft around 5 a.m. and was hospitalized with back and leg pain.
Parts of Wisconsin Avenue were closed for several hours while rescue crews pulled the worker to safety.
Update - Metro Elm St Shaft - patient had been extricated, ~35' below grade, Pri2 trauma, NLT injuries, worker fell ~20' pic.twitter.com/R8lP7ZebsF— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) January 5, 2017