‘Nerve-racking’: Truck driver rescued from cab dangling 70 feet over Virginia river

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‘Nerve-racking’: Truck driver rescued from cab dangling 70 feet over Virginia river

Firefighters rescued a truck driver whose tractor-trailer was nearly blown off a bridge in Virginia, leaving his cab dangling 70 feet over a river.A large wind gust caused the driver, Wayne B. Boone, to lose control Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya told news outlets. He had to be pulled from his cab, which was dangling off the side of Interstate 64’s High Rise bridge over the Elizabeth River, the Chesapeake Fire Department said in a Twitter post.It said firefighters used a series of complex rope maneuvers to reach the driver and pull him to safety as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. A fire department news release said Boone was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.Firefighter Justin Beazley, 25, was lowered by a rope system during the rescue in a day that experienced rain, wind gusts of nearly 40 mph and hail.”That was probably the most nerving-racking thing,” he said. “Once we got the harness on, I said, ‘You’re going to get out of here.’ And that’s when (he) climbed out … .”We signed up for it. And anybody in my position would do the same exact thing. So, that’s one call in a lifetime, and it just happened to happen this morning.”

Firefighters rescued a truck driver whose tractor-trailer was nearly blown off a bridge in Virginia, leaving his cab dangling 70 feet over a river.

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A large wind gust caused the driver, Wayne B. Boone, to lose control Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya told news outlets. He had to be pulled from his cab, which was dangling off the side of Interstate 64’s High Rise bridge over the Elizabeth River, the Chesapeake Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

It said firefighters used a series of complex rope maneuvers to reach the driver and pull him to safety as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. A fire department news release said Boone was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Firefighter Justin Beazley, 25, was lowered by a rope system during the rescue in a day that experienced rain, wind gusts of nearly 40 mph and hail.

“That was probably the most nerving-racking thing,” he said. “Once we got the harness on, I said, ‘You’re going to get out of here.’ And that’s when (he) climbed out … .

“We signed up for it. And anybody in my position would do the same exact thing. So, that’s one call in a lifetime, and it just happened to happen this morning.”