Driver Dies After His Truck Is Blown Off Chesapeake Bay Bridge By High Winds

The tractor-trailer driver was blown off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel by high winds in Virginia Beach.

High winds on Thursday blew a truck and its driver into the chilly waters of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay.

The tractor-trailer crashed through the guardrail of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at about 12:30 p.m.

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According to authorities, the driver was alive after the crash and atop the floating truck as a Navy helicopter flew to the scene.

The driver was pulled from the bay a little after 1 p.m., according to reports.

Unfortunately, the driver died while being transported to a hospital, a Navy spokesperson told WTKR.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel officials have since identified the victim as 47-year-old Joseph Chen from Greenville, N.C.

Around the time of the accident Thursday, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was operating with a level one wind restriction due to winds in excess of 40 miles per hour.

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