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Truck driver rescued from cab dangling 70 feet over river

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                                In this Monday, April 13, 2020, photo provided by the Chesapeake Police Department, Chesapeake firefighters try to rescue the driver of a tractor trailer on the High Rise Bridge over the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, Va.

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    In this Monday, April 13, 2020, photo provided by the Chesapeake Police Department, Chesapeake firefighters try to rescue the driver of a tractor trailer on the High Rise Bridge over the Elizabeth River, in Chesapeake, Va.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. >> Firefighters rescued a truck driver whose tractor-trailer was nearly blown off a bridge in Virginia, leaving his cab dangling 70 feet over a river.

A large wind gust caused the driver, Wayne B. Boone, to lose control Monday morning, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya told news outlets. He had to be pulled from his cab, which was dangling off the side of Interstate 64’s High Rise bridge over the Elizabeth River, the Chesapeake Fire Department said in a Twitter post.

>> See more photos of the rescue

It said firefighters used a series of complex rope maneuvers to reach the driver and pull him to safety as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. A fire department news release said Boone was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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