Virginia

Rescue crews search for truck driver blown off bridge-tunnel

Rescue crews are trying to save the driver of a tractor trailer after heavy winds swept it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
   
Thomas Anderson, deputy director of finance and operations for the bridge and tunnel district in Virginia, told The Associated Press Thursday in a phone interview that the driver was alive right after it fell into the bay. He was standing on the floating truck.
   
Anderson said the truck had since floated a mile east of the bridge. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m.
   
Anderson said helicopters and rescue boats were making their way to the floating vehicle. He said the southbound lanes of the 23-mile bridge-tunnel remain closed.
   
At the time of the accident, Anderson said the bridge-tunnel experienced wind conditions of up to 40 mph.

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