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Driver dies after tractor trailer goes over Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

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EASTERN SHORE, Va. -- The driver of a tractor trailer that drove off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near the Eastern Shore Thursday afternoon has died, officials told WTKR.

All southbound lanes of the bridge were closed at about 1 p.m., bridge, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel officials said.

According to Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spokesman Tom Anderson, the driver of the semi died as he was being transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by a Navy helicopter.

Anderson said the semi is submerged two miles away from the bridge. Virginia Beach Police and Virginia Beach Fire were unable to respond to the incident due to sea conditions.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was operating with level one wind restriction because winds were in excess of 40-miles-per hour in the area.

At 1 p.m., the CBBT was operating with Level 2 restrictions. Winds are in excess of 47 mph.

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