VIRGINIA BEACH A sport-utility vehicle went off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Tuesday morning.
Emergency crews are on the scene, and all southbound traffic from the Eastern Shore has been stopped.
Debbie Cooley, spokeswoman for the bridge-tunnel administration, said the vehicle - identified by the U.S. Coast Guard as a silver-colored SUV - went into the bay around 8:25 a.m. She said the motorist was traveling southbound and had passed through the tunnel closest to the Eastern Shore. The SUV went off the side of the bridge near the 8-mile marker.
Crews are on scene trying to locate the vehicle in the water. In addition to the bridge-tunnel's own crew, the search effort includes the U.S. Coast Guard, the Virginia Marine Police, the police and fire departments from Virginia Beach, and other agencies.
Police spokesman Adam Bernstein said investigators believe there were two occupants in the vehicle.