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Truck goes over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 12:04 PM EST
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) (UPDATE 4:17 p.m.) — Authorities say a box truck plunged off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel with a driver inside.

Officials say the crash happened around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday on the east side of the bridge’s northbound lanes.

Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Trent says emergency response crews were searching for the driver after finding the vehicle floating in the water.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Tara Molle says witnesses saw a man leave the truck and drift westward in the water. Molle says it isn’t clear whether the driver climbed or fell out of the vehicle.

(ORIGINAL STORY) — A truck has gone off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports that the incident occurred Tuesday at about 8:20 a.m.

The driver’s condition is unknown.

Firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard are helping the search for the driver. Crews are also repairing the guardrail.

Truck goes over Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Truck goes over Chesapeake Bay Bridge.(VBFD)

The vehicle that went into the bay is a 2-axle, 6-tire box truck.

The bridge-tunnel is 17.6 miles long and runs from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore. It features two tunnels that run under the surface of the Chesapeake Bay.

This wasn’t the first vehicle to go over the side of the bridge. A tractor-trailer driver died of hypothermia in 2019 after his truck went into the water.

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