Tractor-trailer driver survives plunge over CBBT, ID’d by police

WAVY Chopper 10
WAVY Chopper 10

CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL, Va. (WAVY) — A tractor-trailer driver is on the mend after he went overboard at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

According to officials, it happened southbound at mile post 14, shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

CBBT Police Chief Edward Spencer told 10 On Your Side that the driver was trying to pass a slower-moving tractor-trailer driver when he lost control, crashed into the side of the bridge and plunged into the bay. No other vehicle was involved and no one else was hurt.

Spencer told 10 On Your Side Thursday that the driver was 33-year old Matthew Killmon, of Wachapreague, Virginia.

CBBT crews rushed to the driver’s aide Wednesday afternoon, along with Virginia Beach emergency responders and the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Krystyn Pecora said a rescue crew out of Cape Charles assisted with the situation.

A lifesaver was thrown to him, as he remained conscious and alert and Tom Anderson, a CBBT director, confirmed that the driver was pulled out of the water by the Virginia Beach Marine Patrol at 3:55 p.m.

Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Ashley Baylor said the water temperature at the time of the accident was 49.1 degrees. The driver was brought to shore and then flown via Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The driver suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries to his head, arm and chest.

Chopper 10 flew over the scene and captured the tractor-trailer fully submerged. The left lane of the CBBT where the accident happened remained closed on Thursday, but the right lane is open. Spencer said crews will be surveying the damage Thursday.

Lt. Commander Pecora told 10 On Your Side that the truck was carrying soybeans and that the driver was the only person on board.

The trailer is owned by NYK Line, the largest marine transporter in Japan. As of Wednesday morning, the company listed it as scheduled to leave Norfolk late next week aboard a container ship bound for Singapore.

Crofton Diving was called in to recover the tractor-trailer.

Spencer told 10 On Your Side that the incident remains under investigation, with citations pending.

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There was a similar crash at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the summer of 2014, in which the driver of the tractor-trailer died.

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