Virginia firefighters participated in a spectacular rescue this morning after a tractor-trailer was left dangling from a bridge high above the water.
Chesapeake firefighters were dispatched to the Interstate 64 Bridge at 8:42 a.m. on April 13, 2020, after a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the westbound lanes, according to a press release from the Chesapeake (VA) Fire Department.
First-arriving resources from the ChesapeakeFire Department reported the tractor hanging off the side of the bridge with the driver still inside. A Regional Technical Rescue Response was requested which brought in additional specialty resources from Norfolk Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
The tractor-trailer was first stabilized w1th the assistance of heavy equipment from Hudson’s Servicenter and Fink’s Wrecker Service to prevent additional movement. Then a series of complex and advanced rope maneuvers were used to lower a technician over the bridge, harness the driver, and lift him to a safe position.
Crews completed the high-angle rope rescue 70 feet above the Elizabeth River as severe thunderstorms pushed through the area. At 9:47 a.m., the driver was transferred to a Chesapeake medic unit and transported to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
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