Is This The Scariest Bridge In America?
INSIDE EDITION met some commuters so scared of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that they actually pay people to drive them across.
This may be the scariest bridge in America.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland reaches nearly 200 feet in certain parts and measures 4.3-miles long from end to end - and for some motorists, getting behind the wheel and driving across the bridge is simply out of the question.
One driver, Carolyn Casey, said an incident left her so afraid that she hired someone to do the driving for her.
She said: “What happened was I suffered major a panic attack. My peripheral vision went black. I thought I was going to pass out into oncoming traffic.”
For $25, Bay Bridge Drive Overs takes Casey in her own car over the bridge.
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent went along for the ride with Casey and Alex Robinson, who owns the company. He said business is booming.
“Today, this is [ride] number 19," he told INSIDE EDITION.
Even in the passenger's seat, Casey is still apprehensive. All she can think about are images like the bridge collapse in Minnesota in 2007 or footage of drivers crossing the Bay Bridge in weather that can change on a dime.
Trent asked: "Is it ok how slow we are going across this bridge with all of the traffic?"
She said: "No, it is not. I am sweating."
When asked why she is so bothered by the bridge, she explained: “It's functionally obsolete, there are not even any emergency pull offs. Do you really think that's going to keep us from going over?”
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Another motorist, Jay Gaskin, has to commute across the bridge every day to get to work operating heavy machinery. He said he's been to psychiatrists to deal with his fear of crossing the bridge.
He said: “They tried to hypnotize me but it does not work whatsoever.”
Robinson says he’s driven across the bridge 10,000 times in four years on behalf of his clients. He sees himself as a therapist and always tries to keep the conversation away from the dreaded bridge.
Casey told Trent: “We don't talk about the bridge, Les!”
Trent then asked: “We just made it over the bridge how do you feel?”
She said: “Better.”
This story first aired on Inside Edition in 2013.
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