Officials have called off
efforts to raise or examine a truck that rolled off the back of a Long Island
ferry in November, killing the trucker, The New Haven Register reported
A 1989 Western Star tractor-trailer
driven by Michael J. Zuber, 53, of Stratford, CT, was bound for Orient Point,
NY, when it ripped through chains stretching across the stern of the ferry
Susan Anne and sank to a depth of 65 feet less than a mile off Long Island.
Press reports at the time
said Zuber was either ejected from the truck or managed to get out as it
slid over. He was unconscious when pulled from the water shortly after the
10:15 a.m. incident and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The cause
of death was listed as drowning.
Detective Sgt. Edward Light
of the Suffolk Police Homicide Squad, Long Island, NY, told The Register strong
currents and overall dangerous conditions have prevented divers from completing
attempts to reach the truck.
Light told The Register, "We
have no plans to conduct any further dives or make any attempts to bring
the truck to the surface." However, he did not indicate whether divers
would resume their work in the spring, when better weather would increase
chances of safely reaching the rig.
The Hartford Courant reported
in late November that security blocks required by the Coast Guard were not
placed behind the wheels of the tractor-trailer.
The wedge-shaped blocks,
called chocks, should have prevented the truck from rolling, investigators
said. Coast Guard regulations specify that vehicles at both ends of the ferry
should have their wheels securely chocked while the vessel is underway.
The ferry company, Cross
Sound Ferry of New London, was responsible for placing the blocks behind
Zuber's truck, which was pulling equipment that pushed its weight to about