Bay Bridge worker hit in head by paint can while working

(AP/ABC7) - A construction worker on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was seriously injured Tuesday when a paint can fell and hit in him in the head, officials say.

The 51-year-old victim was working on a platform about 15 feet under the center span of the bridge when a five-gallon paint bucket fell and struck him. He was immobilized, placed into a rescue basket and brought up to to the bridge span.

The man was then airlifted to a shock trauma center for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injures.

First Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said the lanes reopened early Tuesday afternoon after the 52-year-old man was taken to a hospital.

The westbound lanes of the bridge were closed just after 11 a.m. to facilitate the rescue. They reopened at 12:38 p.m.