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Body recovered after semi plunges off Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 22:55:34-04

Divers have located one body after a tractor-trailer ran off the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel during a storm Friday evening.

Authorities said the crash, which involved a van and a tractor-trailer, happened at mile marker 12 southbound around 6:30 p.m., WTKR reported. 

The tractor trailer plunged into the bay on the west side of the southbound span between the North Channel Bridge and the northernmost island, officials said.

Divers entered the water around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and notified the Coast Guard that they had spotted the body around 8 a.m. However, divers were only able to confirm one victim despite reports of two people inside the tractor-trailer because of poor visibility.

Officials said that one body had been recovered, but that they do not believe it is that of the driver.  U.S. Coast Guard crews are aiding in the search for the driver.

Coast Guard Petty Ofc. Ronald Hodges told the Daily Press crews were continuing to search for a second body.

The tractor-trailer was recovered around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Efforts to identify the deceased are still ongoing and the victim’s name has not been released.

Weather advisories were in place for the CBBT Friday night and the maximum safe speed on the bridge was 35 mph.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.