Truck Driver Suffers Fatality After Driving Off Chesapeake Bay Bridge
On Thursday afternoon, a truck driver suffered a fatality after he drove off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Although witnesses saw the 47-year-old man from Greenville, North Carolina, alive and standing on top of the floating tractor-trailer’s roof, when the US Navy retrieved him via helicopter, he was in the water and unresponsive. On the way to the hospital, the driver succumbed to his injuries. Investigators cannot yet determine if the heavy winds or a medical emergency caused the accident. Earlier in the day, the windy weather led to travel restrictions on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but they were lifted by the time of the accident. However, initial rescue attempts by the Coast Guard were aborted due to the winds, and even boats were unusable.
When a vehicle is a large and cumbersome tractor-trailer that is challenging to operate, inclement weather increases the possibility of accidents that may result in personal injuries or even fatalities. According to officials, around 12 people have driven off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge since 1964, and about 10 individuals suffered fatalities when doing so.
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February 10, 2017