Bodies recovered after Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel crash

Posted at 8:46 AM, Jul 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-28 08:47:53-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - After Friday night's crash on the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, divers located the tractor-trailer involved in the accident, and have confirmed one body inside and that it has been recovered.

Divers from Crofton Diving in Portsmouth entered the water around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning and notified the Coast Guard of the body at 7:57 a.m. Due to poor visibility, divers can only confirm one body, despite reports of two people inside the tractor-trailer.

Officials did not believe the body recovered is that of the driver and the U.S. Coast Guard was assisting with the search effort for the driver. Efforts to identify the deceased are still ongoing.

On Sunday another body was found in the Chesapeake Bay about seven miles from where the crash happened.

The body was found around 12:30 p.m. and an initial description matched someone reported in the crash. An official with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission said a medical examiner is working to identify the body.

When the crash happened weather advisories were in place for the CBBT. The maximum safe speed on the bridge was 35 mph.

The tractor-trailer was recovered around 3:30 p.m. Saturday by Crofton Diving.

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