STEVENSVILLE — High winds contributed to a vehicle crash Wednesday, July 31, on the eastbound 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 5-axle semi tractor trailer, was operated by Garnett Dixon of Townsend, DE, and was already 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 vehicle observed the truck being blown from the right lane to the center line, causing the vehicle to sway. The driver attempted to correct the vehicle, but a second gust blew the truck and trailer on top of the left parapet wall.
The driver was able to be safely extricated by firefighters from United Communities Volunteer Fire Department and reported no injuries. Both lanes eastbound were shut down for about one hour.