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Police: Distracted driving caused Bay Bridge crash

Thursday - 8/29/2013, 7:27pm  ET

Trucker faces multiple charges

Kate Ryan, WTOP

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland Transportation Authority Police investigation has found that distracted driving caused a July crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that sent a car falling 27 feet into the water.

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

The impact pushed a Chrysler Sebring sedan up onto the bridge's barrier wall. A second impact then 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 29-year-old truck driver Gabor Lovasz of Canada with negligent driving and other charges with fines totaling $670.

Editor's note: Earlier stories stated the driver's car fell 40 feet into the water. Investigators say the vehicle fell 27 feet.

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