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Fireboat rescue on 14th St. Bridge

Authorities say traffic is back to flowing freely on the 14th Street Bridge after two dozen rescuers helped save an injured construction worker there by using equipment to lower him down to the water below.

D.C. fire and EMS department spokesman Pete Piringer says the worker had injured his back and couldn't move Tuesday morning. The man was working in a walkway underneath the southbound lanes of the bridge, which connects northern Virginia and Washington.
Piringer says crews lowered him down to a fire boat in the Potomac River, brought him to shore and then took him to a hospital with minor injuries.

Transportation officials say the bridge has reopened and traffic is back to normal.
--Associated Press

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  Construction, Traffic Safety  
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