The poor truck driver was leaving Maryland, where guns are as outlawed as extreme anti-gun Governor Martin O’Malley could make them, so outlawed that Beretta moved out. He was southbound, enroute to Virginia, when a 40-knot gust slammed his rig into the guardrail.
And through it.
He had almost enough miracles. He survived the 100-foot plunge into the roiling, storm-tossed waves. He survived the egress from his damaged cab; the soaking in 45ºF salt water; the climb to the roof of his sinking tractor.
He survived the wait for rescue, but all the time, his core temperature was dropping, and his life was fading. When a Navy helicopter crew on a routine mission improvised a daring rescue, they took aboard a dying man.
The man was spotted atop the vehicle’s cab at about 12:35 p.m. and was recovered by a Navy helicopter. He died while en route to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, WVEC.com reports.
The four lane, 23-mile span was experiencing winds in excess of 47 mph around the time of the accident, the facility said on Twitter.
The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Eastern Shore side at mile marker 15, WVEC.com reports.
A Navy spokesman confirmed to The Virginian-Pilot that a Navy crew based in Norfolk was on a routine training flight when they spotted the wreck and later rescued the driver, who has yet to be identified.
The water temperature at the time was just 45.5 degrees, according to the newspaper, citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoys.
These are the hearbreaking ones, where saving the guy’s life was that close.
Anything can kill a person, even an ordinary day on the job.