Car under water - level 3

Car under water - level 3

01-08-2013 06:00

Clinging to rocks, soaked from being in the water--this woman has just experienced a terrifying crash. She managed to get out of her car alive after it plunged into the Chesapeake Bay from the bridge above. As she tries to make sense of it all, witnesses have called 911 and are trying to keep her calm.

"Hang on, we've called 9-1-1! Hang on, they're coming! They're sending help!"

Her car was hit by a tractor trailer in Stevensville, Maryland and forced over the safety railing into the water. The 22-year-old has since been released from hospital and is said to be in a good condition. Her car has also been recovered.

This is only the second time in the bridge's history that a car has plunged off one of the two spans. But naturally it raises serious questions about the safety barriers. Answers may now come into review that's already started into the future of the bridge but that’s set to last two years and is mainly focused whether congestion warrants a third span being built, something that will worry many unless safety fears can be addressed.

Difficult words: cling (hold on tightly), soaked (extremely wet), recover (return to a normal condition), plunge (fall), address (solve).

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