The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which in some places reaches 186 feet in height, was named by Travel + Leisure as one of the world’s scariest bridges. Twenty two-year-old Morgan Lake found out just why when she defied death by surviving an accident that sent her car plunging from the bridge to the eight-foot deep water below.
According to reports in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, Lake was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at around 8:30 on Friday night when she spotted an 18-wheeler speeding towards her. The truck slammed into her 2007 Chrysler Sebring twice, crashing it into the bridge’s concrete barrier, then knocking onto the wall where it teetered briefly before falling into the water 27 feet below.
The 22-year-old college student told the Washington Post that she started to panic as water flowed into her car but then became calm. She unbuckled her seatbelt and pushed herself out through the car’s broken window. After swimming to the surface she headed toward one of the bridge’s supports, where a boater found her and helped her until rescuers arrived.
Miraculously, Lake suffered only minor bumps and bruises.
The 4.3 mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge connects Maryland’s Eastern and Western shores. Some 28 million motorists use it each year.