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

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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.

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