Driver dies after truck is blown off Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

First responders on the scene

First responders on the scene

A driver died on Thursday after his tractor-trailer was blown over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia. The time of the crash was previously reported as earlier in the morning.

The male driver was spotted on top of the vehicle's cab at 12:35 p.m. and was recovered by a Navy helicopter.

All southbound lanes of the bridge were closed at about 1 p.m., bridge, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel officials said. CBBT spokesman Tom Anderson confirmed the driver died when he was on the way to the hospital.

Officials have not released the name of the driver.

The four-lane, 23-mile span was experiencing winds in excess of 47 miles per hour around the time of the accident, the facility said on Twitter. The southbound lanes of the 23-mile bridge have since reopened to traffic, except in the area where the truck went off, where traffic is down to one lane.

Under a Level 2 restriction, tractor-trailers must be hauling a gross payload of 30,000 pounds, in addition to the weight of the rig.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Coast Guard and the Virginia Beach Marine Patrol were called to the scene, Anderson said.