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NTSB report: Truck driver on first solo drive in Maryland accident

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A report released Monday on a July 19 car-truck collision in Maryland indicated the driver of the tractor-trailer was on his first U.S. solo drive.

The accident sent a car into another vehicle, and then over a railing on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It fell about 27 feet into 6- to 8 feet of water.

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The unidentified driver, 22, made her way out of the vehicle and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The report Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board indicated her car was struck by the tractor-trailer, licensed in Canada and driven by a recent immigrant from Hungary to Canada.

The unidentified truck driver, 29, had emigrated as part of Canada's Temporary Foreign worker pilot program, and was on his first drive in the United States without being paired with a more experienced driver. He made a delivery in Virginia and was on his way to pick up a load in Maryland when the accident occurred, the report said.

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