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Driver dies after tractor-trailer goes over Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Alfredo Watts | 10 February, 2017, 03:13

Rescue crews are trying to save the driver of a tractor trailer after heavy winds swept it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The truck went over the side and into the water at the 15-mile marker while heading southbound, near the Eastern Shore side of the tunnel, said Tom Anderson, the CBBT's deputy director of finance and operations.

According to Anderson, the driver of the semi died as he was being transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by a Navy helicopter, CBS affiliate WTKR reports.

The tractor-trailer has drifted about a mile east from the bridge, officials say. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m.

At the time of the crash, Anderson said the bridge-tunnel experienced wind conditions of up to 45 miles per hour.

The water temperature at the time was just 45.5 degrees, according to the newspaper, citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoys.

Petty Officer Will Donegan with the Cape Charles Coast Guard said a Navy helicopter pulled the driver off his truck.

Gusts of wind up to 40mph are believed to have knocked the white tractor-trailer out of its lane and through the steel railing on the bridge, a bridge official told 13News.

Traffic on the bridge was closed in both directions for about two hours, until reopening at 2.30pm.