Metro worker rescued after falling down maintenance shaft in Bethesda

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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.