PHOTOS: Woman rescued from tractor-trailer dangling from Newport News bridge

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP/WWBT) - Fire crews pulled a woman from inside the cab of a tractor trailer as it dangled off the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel Monday.

Virginia State Police say the tractor-trailer went out of control and struck the bridge Monday morning. The truck caught fire and the cab is hanging over the bridge that connects Suffolk and Newport News.

Newport News and Suffolk fire crews helped pull the woman to safety.

Now, the U. S. Coast Guard tells it is on-scene due to the potential of fuel going into the water.

I-664 remains closed southbound, according to VDOT. Northbound lanes reopened around 1:30 p.m. However, southbound lanes may be closed through evening rush hour.

Drivers should use the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel or the Route 17 James River Bridge, instead.

Crews are now working to make sure hazardous materials don't make their way into the water, while engineers insure the bridge is structurally safe for traffic.

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