Driver killed after semi drives off Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Posted at 11:09 AM, May 15, 2014

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) - One person has been killed after a tractor-trailer drove off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Thursday morning.

Police said the accident happened near mile marker 15 when the truck struck a light pole, slammed through the guardrail and landed in the Chesapeake Bay just after 10 a.m.

Four Navy divers said that the driver was “too entangled” in the wreckage to be saved, according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department's Amy Valdez.

“It’s a multi-jurisdictional response to make sure all of the responders are safe. Concerned with what the truck may be carrying or if anything was spilled into the water, no hazards at this point. As far as what is in the trailer, they don’t know,” Valdez said.

WTKR reports that the semi was headed northbound as workers were repairing cracks on the bridge when the big rig slammed into a maintenance truck. That caused the tractor-trailer to jack-knife and sail off the bridge.

Navy, Coast Guard and Virginia Beach Fire crews were dispatched to the accident. Virginia Beach Fire and EMS crews worked to rescue the driver who was inside the cab when the semi crashed through the guard rail and landed in the water.

Additionally, Navy crews hooked cables to the truck's cab and trailer to keep the big rig from drifting away.

One northbound lane of traffic was closed on the bridge-tunnel near mile marker 15. The bridge-tunnel was open to all traffic as of 12 p.m., but drivers were advised to use caution and plan for delays.

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