UPDATE: WTKR reports that the truck hit a maintenance truck and jackknifed, causing the truck to go over the rail.
Tom Anderson, Deputy Director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, told WAVY, that the driver likely did not see that the lane was closed until the last second. The driver swerved, causing the tractor-trailer to jackknife.
*A news source reported that divers recovered an unresponsive person, however that information has not been confirmed and has since been deleted by the news source.
Sad news to report.
This morning, a truck plunged over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
According to WAVY, response boats and crews with Navy Special Warfare Command are at the scene. A tow line has been attached to the truck to keep it from drifting.
Battalion Chief Amy Valdez of the Virginia Beach Fire Department told WAVY that the truck went over the bridge near mile marker 15. At this time, it is unclear what caused the accident.
Only one person was believed to have been in the truck at the time of the crash.
“The driver was heavily entangled in the truck’s wreckage underneath the water,” NBC Washington reported.
At this time, the recovery mission is still underway.
No further information is being released at this time.
This is a developing story. CDLLife will make updates as they come available.
Video Credit: Christopher Hamilton
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