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Officials: Box truck plunges off bridge into Chesapeake Bay

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 14:32:07-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- 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.

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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.

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.