Coast Guard joins search for driver after truck crashes off Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Witnesses reported seeing the driver get out of the truck and drift west in the water. [Photo courtesy Virginia Beach Fire Department]

The Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, local police and fire departments late Tuesday afternoon were still searching for a driver who crashed his box truck off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel this morning near Virginia Beach.

State and local agencies continued searching for the driver of the truck late into the afternoon Tuesday. [Photo courtesy Virginia Beach Fire Department]

Authorities received a 911 call at 8:26 a.m. about the 20-foot truck going off the side of the bridge in the northbound lanes near the second island of the bridge complex. Witnesses reported seeing the truck go into the water and a man exit and drift west, according to the Coast Guard.

Sector Virginia watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast for mariners to keep a lookout for the man.

Searching are:

  • A 45-foot Response Boat-medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk
  • An MH-60 Jawyhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Boatcrews from Virginia Marine Resource Commission
  • Shore crews from local police and fire departments

The Coast Guard said there is no current impact to the waterways from debris or pollution at this time.

The 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened in 1964 and crosses over and under open waters where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Shortly after it opened, the bridge complex was named one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern world.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the man are asked to call the Sector Virginia command center at 757-483-8567.

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