Bridge accident

Firefighters removed the windshield of this truck to get the driver out after his rig toppled over on the Bay Bridge on Wednesday, July 31. Maryland Transportation Authority Police said the truck already was on the bridge when wind gusts reached 61 mph activating a wind warning.

STEVENSVILLE — High winds contributed to a vehicle crash Wednesday, July 31, on the U.S. Route 50 east span of the Bay Bridge in Queen Anne’s County.

According to the incident report from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the crash occurred at 7:13 p.m. just three minutes after the wind warning protocol was activated for wind speeds of 61 mph.

The vehicle, an empty five-axle semi tractor-trailer, was driven by Garnett Dixon of Townsend, Del., and already was on the bridge when the wind warning was issued. Dixon was trapped in the vehicle when a gust of wind blew the truck over onto the driver’s side.

Motorists behind the truck saw it being blown from the right lane to the center line, causing the truck to sway. The driver tried to correct the vehicle, but a second gust blew the truck and trailer on top of the left parapet wall.

The driver was safely extricated by firefighters from United Communities Volunteer Fire Department and reported no injuries. Both lanes of the bridge were shut down for about one hour.

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