Driver dies after truck plunges off Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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Officials say a big rig went off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge around noon Thursday.

The driver of a big rig died after his truck went off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge around noon Thursday.

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph Chen of Greenville, North Carolina, died Thursday, shortly after he was plucked from the frigid water by a U.S. Navy helicopter crew.

After the truck fell into the bay amid strong winds, Chen was briefly seen standing on top of the trailer.
He died on the way to the hospital.

Investigators say there were high winds in the area at the time of the accident.

His wife, Billie Jo Chen, tells The Virginian-Pilot she would have celebrated her 10-year anniversary with him in April.

Chen drove for Evans Transport LLC, based in Washington, North Carolina. A company representative declined to comment when reached Thursday by The Associated Press.

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