Washington Firefighters Rescue Worker Trapped on Bridge

TACOMA, Wash. --

Firefighters rescued a worker who became trapped on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge Thursday morning, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

According to KIRO 7 reporter Kevin McCarty, the Tacoma Narrows Constructors employee, a cement finisher, was working inside a shaft on the southeastern tower and was being lowered from the deck level down toward the water when he became entangled in a safety line and became stranded.

The man contacted his supervisor who then called 911 at about 9:50 a.m.

The Tacoma Fire Department said the worker was about 140 feet below the deck level inside the tower.

A technical rescue team secured the man and lowered him to safety.

Video from Chopper 7 showed the man coming out of the bridge on a stretcher and put into an ambulance at about 11:20 a.m.

The worker was reported to have a leg injury, but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

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