Body recovered from tractor-trailer that crashed off CBBT

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CHESAPEAKE BAY, Va. (WAVY) — Divers from Crofton Diving recovered a body from a tractor-trailer that went off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Friday evening after a crash.

Divers entered the water to begin the search around 6:30 Saturday morning. CBBT Police said the tractor-trailer was recovered from the water. 

Police also said the body that was found in the tractor-trailer is not believed to be the driver. 

The crash happened near mile marker 12 on the western side of the bridge-tunnel’s southbound span, closer to the Eastern Shore and Fisherman Island, according to CBBT police. The emergency call came in at 6:46 p.m., according to dispatchers. 

A van carrying five passengers was also involved in the crash. All five were being treated and were expected to be released from the scene. 

There’s no information about the tractor-trailer or its occupants at this time, according to officials.

Around the time of the crash, a severe storm was passing across the bridge-tunnel. Radar from Super Doppler 10 shows the storm directly above. 

Multiple units including Virginia Beach police, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting in the search for the tractor-trailer.

At 10 p.m. Friday, divers were set to look for the truck and its driver, pending lightning conditions. 

Southbound traffic was completely blocked, but a lane reopened around 8:40 p.m. Both lanes opened later around 10 p.m.  The shoulder lane at the scene of the accident will remain closed until permanent repairs can be made to extensive curb and guardrail damage which will take several days. 

Around the time of the crash, the CBBT Twitter account, @FollowTheGulls, announced the maximum safe speed on the bridge-tunnel was 35 mph. 

The last crash that sent a driver over the side of the CBBT happened back in February of 2017. A 47-year-old tractor-trailer driver went off the southbound side around 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. He survived the fall, and was standing on top of the truck when he was rescued, but died on the way to the hospital due to hypothermia conditions. 

This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates. 

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