Driver Charged After Truck Ended up Hanging off the MMMBT After Crash
An incident in which a truck ending up hanging off the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT) between Suffolk and Newport News on Wednesday has once again highlighted the dangers big rigs pose on the bridges and tunnels of Hampton Roads.
WAVY.com reported on how Virginia State Police was on the scene of a trucking accident on I-664 northbound at the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, at the bridge span. State police said the tractor-trailer is hanging off the bridge and the driver sustained non life-threatening injuries, but there are no vehicles in the water. News channels later reported on how a 74-year-old driver was charged after his box truck ended up dangling off the MMMBT.
Police said he was traveling northbound on I-664 when traffic began to slow down and he rear ended a Honda Accord. His box truck ran off the road and hit the jersey wall and a pole holding a sign board. Police say the sign board ripped the top of the box truck, causing debris to spread across the interstate.
The debris from the crash caused other vehicles to be drawn into the accident scene. However, all of the other occupants and drivers had been accounted for at the scene as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
WAVY.com reported on how both northbound lanes are closed, according to VDOT. Transportation crews set up detours at I-664 and Bridge Road to direct drivers to the James River Bridge as an alternate route.
The United States Coast Guard was also reported to be on the scene along with other agencies assisting.
It’s not the first time that a truck has ended up hanging over the MMBT. Last year a tractor-trailer lost control, hit the concrete wall and ended up hanging over the side of the bridge. A metal pole prevented the rig from going into the river. In that case, the driver was trapped inside the cab and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The driver of a tractor-trailer who drove off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel earlier this year was not so fortunate.
Tom Anderson, Deputy Director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, told WAVY.com the truck struck a maintenance vehicle before crashing through a guardrail and into the water.Anderson said truck driver failed to notice the lane closure until it was too late and swerved, causing the tractor-trailer to jackknife on the northbound span of the CBBT. No maintenance workers were injured in the accident but the truck driver lost his life.
Out of control big rigs are a major menace to other road users on the highways of Virginia. If you have been injured in a trucking crash, you should call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077. Cooper Hurley is the author of The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents which is available free of charge via our website.