Emergency officials rescue trucker from Isabel

| Wednesday, September 24, 2003

A trucker who tried to make it through high water caused by Hurricane Isabel is still alive, thanks to state police and local firefighters in Virginia, The Hampton Roads Daily Press reported recently.

The trucker, who was not identified, had just driven around barricades and crossed the James River Bridge in Newport News, VA, when he lost site of the roadway under the water, and his rig went onto its side.

The bridge carries traffic from the Hampton Roads area across the river near where it flows into Chesapeake Bay and onto the mainland not far from Norfolk, VA. The area was hit hard by Hurricane Isabel, experiencing flooding and heavy winds.

Numerous warnings were issued for the area, and state officials said all vehicles – including trucks – should stay out of the storm’s path.

The driver called authorities just before 7 p.m. Sept. 18 using his cell phone to tell them he was in the water, the rig on its side and beginning to flood, The Daily Press said. Authorities arrived and rescued the trucker, bringing him to a local shelter for the night

The newspaper reported that the rig was carrying 40,000 pounds of magazines.

"It wasn't like he had emergency supplies that needed to be carried through the hurricane," State Police spokesman Sgt. D.S. Carr said.