Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river when powerful winds forced the vehicle through a bridge barrier in Virginia

  • Ferocious gusts threw Wayne Boone's empty trailer across the I-64 Highrise Bridge over the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake on Monday morning
  • Boone faced choppy waters rushing below his windshield as the cab of the jackknifed Freightliner truck swayed over the river in 60 mile per hour winds
  • Chesapeake firefighters arrived on the scene and after they had secured the truck with ropes, Justin Beazley rappelled from the bridge to rescue Boone
  • Boone was rescued after an hour and half of dangling over the rushing river 
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A truck driver has been rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river when strong winds forced the vehicle through a bridge barrier.

Ferocious gusts threw Wayne Boone's empty trailer across the I-64 Highrise Bridge over the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Monday morning.

Boone faced choppy waters rushing below his windshield as the cab of the jackknifed Freightliner truck swayed over the river in 60 mile per hour winds.

Chesapeake firefighters arrived on the scene and after they had secured the truck with ropes, Justin Beazley rappelled from the bridge to rescue Boone, hauling him up to safety in a harness around an hour and half after the crash.

Strong winds caused the driver, Wayne B.

Boone, to lose control on Monday morning on the I-64 Highrise Bridge over the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake 

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Chesapeake firefighters arrived on the scene and after securing the truck with ropes Justin Beazley rappelled from the bridge to rescue Wayne Boone, hauling him up to safety in a harness around an hour and half after the crash 

'It all happened so quick. You train for this, but you just never expect it,' Beazley told WTKR.

'We all signed up for it. Anyone in my position would do the exact same thing. This one call of a lifetime just happened to be me this morning.'

Boone praised Beazley's professionalism during the terrifying minutes, saying: 'He encouraged me to keep fighting you know, 'Come on you can do it.'

'It feels good to know there's still people out there who still care.' 

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Boone praised Beazley's professionalism during the terrifying minutes, saying: 'He encouraged me to keep fighting you know, 'Come on you can do it.'

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Justin Beazley rappelled from the bridge to rescue Boone, hauling him up to safety in a harness around an hour and half after the crash

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Chesapeake firefighters at the scene prepare to rescue Boone from his cab - a crane can be seen on the other side helping to secure the precariously hanging truck

Boone was rushed to Sentara Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

His truck was pulled up onto the road by a crane a few hours later.

Chesapeake Fire Capt.

Steve Bradley told the Virginia Pilot: 'The tractor-trailer was first stabilized with the assistance of heavy equipment from Hudson's Servicecenter and Fink's Wrecker service to prevent additional movement and then a series of complex and advanced rope maneuvers were used to lower a technician over the bridge, harness the driver, and lift him to a safe position.'

Alcohol was not involved in the crash, Boone had his seatbelt on and is not facing charges.  

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

Alcohol was not involved in the crash, Boone had his seatbelt on and is not facing charges 

Dramatic moment truck driver is rescued from his cab after it was left dangling 70ft over a river

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