Members of rescue team recall tense moments during overturned tractor trailer rescue

Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 16:44:13-04

Newport News, Va. - It was a pretty intense scene on the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel  Monday morning as a woman was rescued from a tractor trailer that was left dangling over the bridge. The heroes who helped to save the driver talked about the rescue mission with NewsChannel 3.

“It is what we do. The fire department, that’s what we train for,” says Scott Dye, Master Chief Firefighter. “It was just my time that particular day to be at that particular place.”

Click here to see more of NewsChannel 3's coverage of the accident. 

“You just take what you’re dealt with and you make the best out of it and you have a good ending in the end,” says Lt. Denny West, a Newport News Firefighter.

Dye and West tell NewsChannel 3 they were on the northbound side of I-664. They used a fire truck ladder to get to the woman. Dye lowered himself by rope down to where the woman was located on the side of the bridge and he was able to get her out of the truck. He then placed her in a safety vest and a harness where she was lifted to safety.