Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said which vehicle was pulling out of Royal Farms at the time of the crash. State Police say the tractor-trailer driver was heading out of Royal Farms and trying to cross into the northbound lanes. WAVY regrets the error.


CAPE CHARLES, Va. (WAVY) — A Cape Charles man died Tuesday afternoon when his truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 13 near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Virginia State Police say the preliminary investigation found 60-year-old John David Eatherly drove his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado into the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer as it attempted to cross over 13. Eatherly was heading south and the driver of the tractor-trailer was trying to cross into the northbound lanes.

Police say Eatherly was the only person inside and he died on impact. The tractor-trailer had to be lifted off the pickup due to the severity of the crash. It all happened just before 5 p.m.

It’s unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t injured and was wearing her seat belt, police say.

The crash is still under investigation.