Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Trucker Survives Plunge Off Bay Bridge Tunnel

Tractor-trailer driver survives plunge over CBBT
Officials have confirmed a tractor-trailer has gone overboard at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

According to officials, it happened southbound at mile post 14, shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Tom Anderson with Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel confirms the driver is alive and was pulled out of the water by Virginia Beach Marine Patrol at 3:55 p.m.

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Ashley Baylor says the water temperature at the time of the accident was 49.1 degrees. The driver was flown via Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The driver suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries to his head, arm and chest. Firefighters say the driver was conscious and alert when he was pulled out of the water.

I would say he's pretty lucky to have survived. And seeing the way that truck blew through the guardrail can't be much comfort to truckers that cross the bridge.

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