Trucker dies when tractor-trailer goes over rail of coastal bridge in Virginia

Published 6/25/2023 5:30 a.m. EDT, Updated 6/25/2023 7:09 p.m. EDT

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The U.S. Coast Guard says search crews have located the body of a tractor-trailer driver whose truck went over the rail of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in southern Virginia on Thursday.

The Virginia bridge-tunnel is not to be confused with the Bay Bridge linking Annapolis and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The driver was identified as 35-year-old Christopher Scott, the agency said in a news release. His body was recovered Friday in the truck’s cab.

The truck went over the rail of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel roughly 1 mile from Chic’s Beach, Virginia. This is near where the bridge-tunnel crosses the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, carrying motorists on U.S. 13 from Hampton Roads to the Delmarva Peninsula, or the Eastern Shore.

WAVY-News in Hampton Roads, Virginia, reported that Scott, of Henrico, Virginia, had three children, including a son who was born Friday.

“This is a deeply tragic conclusion,” said Capt. Jennifer Stockwell, commander of Coast Guard Sector Virginia. “We had hoped for a different outcome; our thoughts are now with the family in the days and weeks ahead.”

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police are investigating the incident.

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