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Tractor Trailer Crash Sends Car Off Bridge

A tractor trailer crash in Baltimore in July that pushed a car off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to an article on the WashingtonPost.com, the driver of the truck was employed by a Canadian company and was on his first solo trip in the United States. Although there were no mechanical defects found on the tractor-trailer, the report said it was the driver’s first trip without being paired with a more experienced driver.

The article said that before the accident, the truck driver had looked at his driver-side mirror because of sounds and lights behind him. When he looked back on the road, traffic had stopped and he was unable to avoid hitting the car in front of him. His truck pushed the car forward, hitting another car. The second car was then pushed over a barrier wall, falling 27 feet into the bay. The driver of the second car was able to get out of the car and swim to safety with minor injuries.

The NTSB hopes to release its final report in early September, including the cause of the crash and any charges.