Investigation determines cause of fatal CBBT crash

A WAVY News 10 crew captured this image from a boat near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, where a tractor-trailer went into the water on May 15. (Credit: WAVY/Andy Fox)
A WAVY News 10 crew captured this image from a boat near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, where a tractor-trailer went into the water on May 15. (Credit: WAVY/Andy Fox)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An investigation has determined the cause of the fatal tractor-trailer crash off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel last month.

Driver inattentiveness caused the accident on May 15 that claimed the life of 45-year-old Daawuud Hakim of Chesapeake, according to Tom Anderson, Deputy Director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The investigation ruled out other possible causes. The autopsy report showed there were no medical conditions that contributed to the crash. Additionally, a mechanical report showed there were no defects with the truck.

Daawuud was a truck driver for Big Daddy Drayage of Portsmouth. He was hauling a container owned by Maersk Line Limited when officials say he didn’t see a lane closure where maintenance crews where patching cracks in the asphalt. At the last second, he swerved, causing the tractor-trailer to jackknife on the west side of the northbound span of the CBBT.

The tractor-trailer crashed over the side of the bridge near mile marker 15 around 10 a.m. Rescue crews were not able to get to Daawuud in time to save his life.

No further information has been released. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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