- Number-crunchers put GOP chances of retaking Senate at 60 percent: report
- Ohio sheriff sends bill to Mexico for cost of jailing illegals
- Fla. voters’ support for medical marijuana bodes well for ballot measure: poll
- Keith Urban concert ends in ‘nutso’ chaos, with dozens arrested, injured
- Very religious still lean toward GOP, reflecting long-term patterns, Gallup poll shows
- Fist bump becoming all the rage for germ-wary handshakers
- Tennessee storms ravage counties, wreck 10 homes
- Chinese police tear down church cross in religion crackdown
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: ‘Obama, Obama, where are you?’
- Maine police find wife, husband, 3 children dead in home
Truck crashes over Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Question of the Day
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A truck driver died on Thursday after striking a stopped maintenance vehicle on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, causing the tractor-trailer to jackknife, hit a light pole and plunge into the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects the Eastern Shore of Virginia with Virginia Beach and spans more than 17 miles of water. It has long been considered an engineering marvel, and more than 116 million commercial and passenger vehicles have crossed the bridge-tunnel since it opened in 1964.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Deputy Director Tom Anderson said it is rare for a vehicle to crash into the water, with only about a dozen in the bridge-tunnel’s 50-year history.
While the cause of the collision is under investigation, Anderson said the tractor-trailer driver apparently missed warning signs that the northbound bridge was about to become only one lane a few miles south of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
“He must’ve realized it at the last second, because he swerved to miss the maintenance truck that was out there. Unfortunately, he hit the back of that,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the maintenance truck was on the bridge specifically to protect workers from oncoming traffic and that nobody else was injured. The maintenance crew was working to fix cracks in the bridge at the time of the accident, he said. The tractor-trailer has drifted into the Chesapeake Bay side of the bridge, and officials said the water depth is about 26 feet.
Following the morning accident, the Virginia Beach Fire Department said Navy divers who were in the area responded to try to recover the body of the truck driver. Battalion Chief Amy Valdez said the driver was heavily entangled in the truck’s wreckage underneath the water.
A Navy helicopter and two Coast Guard crews also responded.
Late Thursday, Anderson said a private company of divers would be used to try to recover the driver. He said the truck was smashed and that rescuers couldn’t open the door to retrieve the driver.
Brock Vergakis can be reached at www.twitter.com/BrockVergakis
TWT Video Picks
By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- Rahm Emanuel: Send illegal immigrant shelter kids to Chicago
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Washington Times strikes content and marketing partnership with Redskins
- '50 Shades' movie trailer outrages anti-porn groups
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq