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Wife: Driver who went over bridge was ‘ an awesome husband’

Vehicles sits on the road by a missing section of guard rail along a segment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where a tractor-trailer went over the southbound side at the 15-mile marker, Thursday afternoon Feb. 9, 2017, near Virginia Beach, Va. A truck driver died after heavy winds swept his tractor trailer off the 23-mile bridge-tunnel between Virginia Beach and the Delmarva Peninsula, and into the 45-degree, wind-swept waters below, authorities said. A Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of the floating vehicle, but later died, authorities said. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Vehicles sits on the road by a missing section of guard rail along a segment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where a tractor-trailer went over the southbound side at the 15-mile marker, Thursday afternoon Feb. 9, 2017, near Virginia Beach, Va. A truck driver died after heavy winds swept his tractor trailer off the 23-mile bridge-tunnel between Virginia Beach and the Delmarva Peninsula, and into the 45-degree, wind-swept waters below, authorities said. A Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of the floating vehicle, but later died, authorities said. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The wife of a man who died when his tractor-trailer plunged off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay says “he was an awesome husband.”

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph Chen of Greenville, North Carolina, died Thursday, shortly after he was plucked from the frigid water by a U.S. Navy helicopter crew. After the truck fell into the bay amid strong winds, Chen was briefly seen standing on top of the trailer.

His wife, Billie Jo Chen, tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://tinyurl.com/z47lung ) she would have celebrated her 10-year anniversary with him in April. She says he had two children from a previous marriage.

Chen drove for Evans Transport LLC, based in Washington, North Carolina. A company representative declined to comment when reached Thursday by The Associated Press.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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