Driver rescued from dangling truck in Va.

April 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 8 (UPI) -- A tractor-trailer rig driver was rescued from her truck cab Monday as it dangled from a bridge near the Hampton Roads, Va., harbor, state police said.

The truck caught fire after the driver lost control and hit the bridge in the southbound lane approaching the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel on Interstate 664, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said.

The driver was rescued by stretching a ladder from a fire truck parked on the northbound part of the bridge, which is split into separate northbound and southbound sections. Master Firefighter Scott Dye, hanging by ropes, then rappelled down to the driver, Anaya said.

The unidentified driver was hospitalized, and both directions of the bridge were closed. The southbound lanes were expected to be blocked for an extended period of time while a large amount of spilled diesel fuel was cleaned up, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported.

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