Driver jumps from Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 1:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 7:07 AM

NORFOLK -- Rescuers pulled a woman from the water off Willoughby Spit in Norfolk early Monday morning.

State Police said she jumped from the southwest bridge of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel around 11:10 p.m. Sunday after she got out of her car.

The Virginia Department of Transportation stopped traffic in both directions at the crossing around 11:30 p.m. Sunday  while rescuers tried to find the woman.

A trooper was able to get a visual on her and heard her screaming for a few seconds, but he quickly lost sight of her as the swift current swept her away from the bridge, said Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

Crews pulled the 58-year-old woman from water and got her to shore at the Willoughby boat ramp in Norfolk. The Coast Guard says the woman had signs of hypothermia.Paramedics took her to the hospital.

Traffic at the bridge-tunnel started moving again shortly after 1 a.m.

Crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Coast Guard, and maritime personnel from the Hampton, Norfolk and Newport News police departments assisted in rescue efforts.

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