Distracted Driving Was Cause Of Accident That Sent Car Over Bay Bridge Barrier | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Distracted Driving Was Cause Of Accident That Sent Car Over Bay Bridge Barrier

Play associated audio

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say distracted driving caused a crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that sent a car falling 27 feet into the water.

The agency's report says the driver of a tractor-trailer was looking at his driver's side mirror due to flashing lights behind him when the crash happened on July 19th. He was going nearly 50 miles per hour and didn't see traffic stopped ahead.

The impact pushed a Chrysler sedan up onto the bridge's barrier wall, and then a second impact pushed the car over the edge and into the water. The driver of the car was able to free herself and swim to safety.

Police are charging the 29-year-old truck driver with negligent driving and other charges with fines totaling $670.

NPR

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.
NPR

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.
NPR

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

When the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.
NPR

In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.