SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews pulled a woman out of the water near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel after they say she walked from the shoreline and into the water, Monday.
Officials say they received the initial report of the incident near the southbound lanes of Interstate 664, south of the MMMBT, in Northern Suffolk by a passerby who reportedly saw the woman in the water, around 9:04 a.m.
According to Virginia State Police, the woman was on the interstate when she stopped and got out of her 2011 Nissan. Police say she left her vehicle unattended on the right shoulder near the Suffolk Inspection Station. She then entered the water near the base of the bridge and began to walk from the shoreline into the water.
Responding crews found the woman in waist-deep water and hanging onto a pylon. Once out of the water, she was treated at the scene for hypothermia conditions and was ground transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Officials continue to investigate.
All southbound lanes of the MMMBT were closed due to the incident, causing a major backup during the morning commute. All lanes reopened around 10 a.m.