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N.Y. Ave. reopens after accident

10:46 a.m. Update: Westbound New York Avenue has aslo reopened, according to DDOT.

Rescuers were called to the 11-story building in the 400 block of the commuter artery about 9:45 a.m. and used a crane to hoist paramedics and equipment to the roof, Pete Piringer, a spokesman for D.C.'s fire and emergency medical services department, said. The stairwell of the still-under-construction building was inaccessible.

The man was strapped into a stretcher and lowered to safety, Piringer said. The extent of his injuries weren't immediately known. He was set to be transported to a nearby hospital.

-- Mike McPhate

10:45 a.m. Update: DDOT says that eastbound New York Avenue is now open.

10:21 a.m. Update: According to a DC Fire/EMS tweet, the accident involving a construction worker occurred at 443 New York Ave. NW, the site of an 11-story building under construction. This is just west of Yale Lofts. The tweeeted reports says the worker is on the roof and will probably be removed via a hoist and crane.

Meanwhile, DDOT said Fourth Street and westbound New York Avenue traffic are being detoured to the Third Street Tunnel.

Original post: New York Avenue is closed in both directions between Fourth and Fifth Streets due to an accident. According to the District Department of Transportation, Fourth Street is also closed at New York Avenue.

By Michael Bolden  | July 13, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  
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