VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A North Carolina tractor-trailer driver was killed Thursday after his 18-wheeler fell off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia and into the water.
The driver, who was identified as 47-year-old Joseph Chen, plunged into the water around 12:30 p.m., WVEC reports. Initially, a helicopter was able to rescue Chen, who was standing on top of his vehicle. But as the helicopter was flying him to a hospital, he died.
The cause of his death is not yet known.
Due to high winds, bridge officials issued a Level 2 wind restriction on Thursday, tweeting that winds exceeded 47 mph.
The CBBT is currently operating with Level 2 wind restrictions. Winds are in excess of 47 mph. #Caution
— CBBT (@FollowTheGulls) February 9, 2017