VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WWBT) - A tractor-trailer driver has died after his truck was blown 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, identified as 47-year-old Joseph Chen, of Greenville, North Carolina, was alive right after it fell into the bay around 12:30 p.m. He was standing on the floating truck.
A Navy helicopter rescued the driver, but Anderson tells WAVY.com the driver died on the way to the hospital.
At the time of the accident, Anderson said the bridge-tunnel experienced wind conditions of up to 40 mph. Chen was hauling a load of seafood for Evans Transports based in Washington, North Carolina.
The bridge was closed for about an hour due to the incident.