Box Truck Goes Overboard on Bridge-Tunnel; Emergency Personnel Searching

Staff Report —
A two-axle, six-tire box truck has gone overboard on the east side of the northbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel between North Channel Bridge and the northernmost island.
A bridge-tunnel press release said the single-vehicle accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. today, Dec. 29, at milepost 14 northbound.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and local police and fire departments are searching for a person in the water.
“Witnesses reported seeing a man exit the tractor trailer and drift west,” the U.S. Coast Guard reported in a separate press release.
A video posted to Facebook showed a partially submerged truck identified by the photographer as a “Cloverland milk truck.”
A reporter’s call to Cloverland Dairy has not been returned.
The facility has sustained guardrail and curb damage. Bridge-tunnel maintenance crews are responding to make emergency repairs.
A single lane of traffic is open in the northbound direction.
CBBT Police are still investigating the circumstances of the accident. Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting.
No information about the driver is available at this time. Additional updates will be issued as this story develops.
This story was updated Dec. 29, at 12:11 p.m., to add search information provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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