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Body found in a truck that plunged off Chesapeake Bay Bridge; search continues

A truck deposited Friday from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a portion of which is shown in this photo.

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Search teams discovered the body Saturday morning in a semi-truck that had plunged from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Friday night, authorities said.

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Witnesses say that they saw a second person in the car before he drove off the bridge and plunged into the water, the Virginian-Pilot, Virginia Beach, Va., reported.

Search efforts were to continue for a second body, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ronald Hodges told the newspaper.

The truck, which plunged 20 to 25 feet high in the water, was not restored until 2 a.m. Saturday, after the tide had disappeared. Officials said that they collect mobile data and the truck’s black box to determine the cause of the crash.

Officials believe they have identified the driver of the driving records and a written statement, but has no information about the name of the driver.

The vehicle crashed into two other vehicles Friday evening around 6:30 p.m. on the 12-mile marker of the bridge-tunnel in the southbound lanes. No one in the other vehicles was seriously injured.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge–Tunnel runs about 23 miles, connecting the Delmarva Peninsula to the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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