Local Man Succumbs to Hypothermia after Tractor-Trailer Falls off Chesapeake Bridge

On Thursday, February 9th, an employee of Evans Transport of Washington, NC crashed through the guardrail on the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and died from hypothermia and drowning, according to Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police.

Another deadly accident occurred in Halifax County, VA, taking the lives of two 16-year-old girls and injuring a teenage boy on December 22nd, 2016. A faulty guardrail may have been the reason the accident turned deadly, according to Josh Harmon, co-owner of the company that installed the guardrails.

As a Greenville, NC Personal Injury Lawyer & Wrongful Death Attorney, I often field calls from the loved ones of victims affected by gross negligence on the part of government contractors and/or state and local governments.

The Drivers and Victims in These Cases

47-year-old Joseph Chen of Greenville was driving a tractor-trailer on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge when he started swerving after passing another vehicle. He then crashed through the guardrail and plunged the truck into the Chesapeake Bay. High winds may have been a contributing factor to the tragedy. The water in the bay was about 45 degrees at the time of the accident, and when a Navy helicopter rescued him, he was in the water and unresponsive. He died on the way to the hospital.

Olivia G. Noblin, 16, and Casey N. Pulliam, 16, of Halifax County, VA, were in a sedan on Bethel Road when the car ran off the side of the road, crashing into a guardrail and then several trees. A teenage boy was also in the car, but survived while sustaining multiple injuries. All three victims were ejected from the vehicle, according to police. Josh Harman, an engineering expert, and co-owner of the company in Virginia that installed guardrails, said he believes that if the guardrail did what it was supposed to do, the girls may have walked away. “It was proven in a court of law that they committed fraud and these things are failing and killing people,” he said.

Harman sued Trinity Industries of Texas in 2011 after exposing that the company changed how they produced guardrails without notifying buyers. These new guardrails were much weaker than the previous model and should not have been used, as they do not crumple like they should. Trinity was successfully sued for violating the False Claims Act and the judgment against Trinity was $663 million.

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