Updated: Search for Body of Truck Driver Suspended After Bay Bri - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Updated: Search for Body of Truck Driver Suspended After Bay Bridge-Tunnel Crash

Posted: Updated:
A tractor-trailer drove off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Thursday morning. Screen capture taken from YouTube video posted by Christopher Hamilton. A tractor-trailer drove off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Thursday morning. Screen capture taken from YouTube video posted by Christopher Hamilton.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP/WBOC)- The search for the body of a truck driver whose tractor-trailer drove off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and into about 26 feet of water was called off Thursday evening. Divers may resume recovery efforts Friday morning weather permitting, and bridge officials say the tractor-trailer will not be pulled out of the water until Saturday, which may cause delays Northbound for a few hours.
   
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Deputy Director Tom Anderson says the truck hit a maintenance truck at around 10 a.m. Thursday before swerving, hitting a light pole and going into the water.
   
Anderson says the truck was heading north between Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The wreckage has drifted into the Chesapeake Bay side of the bridge-tunnel, which spans more than 17 miles of water.
   
VBFD Battalion Chief Amy Valdez says the driver was heavily entangled in the truck's wreckage underneath the water.
   
She says four Navy divers were working on the recovery efforts. The Coast Guard, which is also involved, dispatched a 45-foot medium response boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek and diverted an 87-foot patrol boat to assist.

As of late Thursday night, all lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel were open to traffic.  However, around mile maker 15 on the northbound span, traffic is reduced to one lane as crews work to make repairs to the guardrail where the truck crashed through.



  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Harrington Man Charged with 4th DUI

    Harrington Man Charged with 4th DUI

    Monday, October 22 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-10-22 13:00:59 GMT
    Monday, October 22 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-10-22 13:00:59 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. - A Harrington man has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence for a fourth time. On Saturday, police stopped Lamontra R. Fountain 39, in Harrington for a traffic violation. The officer reported smelling the odor of alcMore
    HARRINGTON, Del. - A Harrington man has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence for a fourth time. On Saturday, police stopped Lamontra R. Fountain 39, in Harrington for a traffic violation. The officer reported smelling the odor of alcMore
  • Trial to Start for Delaware Police Chief Accused of DUI

    Trial to Start for Delaware Police Chief Accused of DUI

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:03 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:03:22 GMT
    Monday, October 22 2018 8:03 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:03:22 GMT
    Clayton Police Chief Brian HillClayton Police Chief Brian Hill
    Clayton Police Chief Brian HillClayton Police Chief Brian Hill
    A jury trial is set to start for a Delaware police chief accused of drunken driving.More
    A jury trial is set to start for a Delaware police chief accused of drunken driving.      More
  • Opening Statements Set in Deadly Delaware Prison Riot Prosecution

    Opening Statements Set in Deadly Delaware Prison Riot Prosecution

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:00 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:00:15 GMT
    Monday, October 22 2018 8:00 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:00:15 GMT
    Opening statements are set in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a deadly riot at Delaware's largest prison.More
    Opening statements are set in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a deadly riot at Delaware's largest prison. More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Living Life to the Fullest with Beau Smith

    Living Life to the Fullest with Beau Smith

    The saying live every day like it is your last stands true for one young man on Delmarva. WBOC's Erin Tyszko takes us on a journey with Beau Smith.

    More

    The saying live every day like it is your last stands true for one young man on Delmarva. WBOC's Erin Tyszko takes us on a journey with Beau Smith.

    More
  • Somerset County Teacher Faces Child Abuse Charges

    Somerset County Teacher Faces Child Abuse Charges

    People in one Somerset County community are shocked after finding out one of their Elementary teachers is charged with allowing a man to sexually assault her 10 year old relative. 

    That teacher is 30 year-old Brittney Hughes of Salisbury, Md. Hughes was a first grade teacher at Carter  G. Woodson Elementary School in Crisfield. 

    More

    People in one Somerset County community are shocked after finding out one of their Elementary teachers is charged with allowing a man to sexually assault her 10 year old relative. 

    That teacher is 30 year-old Brittney Hughes of Salisbury, Md. Hughes was a first grade teacher at Carter  G. Woodson Elementary School in Crisfield. 

    More
  • Sunday Morning Weather October 21, 2018

    Sunday Morning Weather October 21, 2018

    Gear up for a chilly and windy day. The winds will stick around through much of today and it will get colder tonight. 

    More

    Gear up for a chilly and windy day. The winds will stick around through much of today and it will get colder tonight. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices