VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach woman was killed Tuesday when her car went off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) and into the Chesapeake Bay around 8:30 a.m.
Police said Jean Calcagno, 51, of the 2500 block of Kentucky Derby Drive, was driving a 2007 Toyota Avalon southbound at the time of the incident.
Initial reports led officials to believe there may have been two occupants in the car. However, when divers located the vehicle around 4:30 p.m., only one body was inside.
Lt. Scott McBride of the Coast Guard said the car went off the bridge at a location where the depth of the water is 20 to 30 feet. McBride said the temperature of the water was approximately 47 degrees.
Southbound traffic was stopped for nearly two hours as crews worked the scene. A second accident shut down the northbound side of the bridge-tunnel about an hour after the original accident occurred.
The Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, two 45-foot response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, one 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and a Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., were dispatched to the scene. Crews from Virginia Marine Police and Virginia Beach Fire Department also assisted in the search.
The vehicle and driver were located by divers from Crofton Diving Corps. Authorities say a dive unit from the Virginia Beach Police Department conducted the initial search dive, but Crofton took over, and on their third dive - the fourth overall - the vehicle and victim were located.
The Virginia Beach Police and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the accident.
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