ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A contractor working on the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge had to be rescued from a catwalk after being hit by a paint can that was being lowered to him Tuesday morning.

Despite earlier reports that the worker fell off the structure and onto the catwalk, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said the 51-year-old man was already on the catwalk when he was hit in the head by a 5-gallon paint can at about 10:30 a.m. Authorities said the man was hard to get to because the catwalk he was working on was under the bridge.

The man sustained non-life threatening injuries and is in fair condition, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. He was first taken to Sandy Point State Park and then flown by Medevac to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

There were major traffic delays as a result of the incident. The three westbound lanes of the bridge were completely closed just after 11 a.m., according to the MTA, backing up traffic about 2.5 miles. All lanes reopened at about 12:38 p.m.

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