Driver dies after semi is blown off Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel


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A look at site where a truck drove over the railing at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Video courtesy Steven Graves, 13News Now TV in Norfolk, Virginia.Courtesy Steven Graves, 13News Now

CAPE CHARLES, Va. — A tractor-trailer blew off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Thursday, killing the driver before he could be transported to a hospital, officials said.
The accident occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. ET around milepost 15 in the southbound lane, according to Thomas R. Anderson, deputy director of finance and operation for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District.
A U.S. Navy helicopter that was flying by spotted the driver, Joseph Chen, 45, of Greenville, N.C., on top of the vehicle's cab and hoisted him aboard about 5 minutes later, according to Mike Maus, spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic. Chen died as the helicopter was flying him to a hospital.
The truck, operated by Evans Transport of Washington, N.C., had drifted about a mile east of the bridge, Anderson said. Bridge officials earlier had issued travel restrictions because of high winds, but snow that crippled travel in the Northeast was not a factor.
Restrictions are put in place when winds reach 40 mph, according to the website for the 23-mile-long bridge-tunnel that crosses the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay between here and Virginia Beach, Va. Other truck wrecks include these:
• On Jan. 6 2016semi driver Matthew Killmon, 33, of Wachapreague, Va., on the Eastern Shore went over the side of the bridge-tunnel while attempting to pass a vehicle but did not die. The southbound driver was going too fast, investigators said later.
• On May 15, 2014, truck driver Daawuud Z. Hakim, 45, of Chesapeake, Va., drove over a guardrail on the northbound side of the bridge-tunnel and was killed. Driver inattentiveness was determined to be the cause of the crash.
• On March 4, 2005, driver Howard Hannah, 51, of Fruitland, Md., on the Eastern Shore lost control of his Pepsi-Cola truck as he was driving northbound toward home at about 3:40 a.m., knocking out about 250 feet of guardrail before plunging into the bay.

In Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which spans 4.3 miles over the bay from Annapolis to Stevensville, had limited wind restrictions Thursday for wind speeds of 40 to 49 mph or gusts exceeding 40 mph.

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