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Rescue crews search for truck driver blown off bridge-tunnel

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Rescue crews are trying to save the driver of a tractor trailer after heavy winds swept it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Thomas Anderson, deputy director of finance and operations for the bridge and tunnel district in Virginia, told The Associated Press Thursday in a phone interview that the driver was alive right after it fell into the bay. He was standing on the floating truck. Anderson said the truck had since floated a mile east of the bridge. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Anderson said helicopters and rescue boats were making their way to the floating vehicle. He said the southbound lanes of the 23-mile bridge-tunnel remain closed. At the time of the accident, Anderson said the bridge-tunnel experienced wind conditions of up to 40 mph. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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