NTSB investigators visit site of Bay Bridge crash

Two investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board leave a meeting near the Bay Bridge Thursday. They met for two and a half hours with the Maryland Transportation Authority. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

WASHINGTON – Two National Transportation Safety Board officials spent several hours with Maryland officials Thursday including a drive over the Bay Bridge to see the spot where a car plunged into the waters below.

The federal investigators spent 2.5 hours meeting with officials from the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the bridge. In addition to driving on the bridge, the investigators also inspected the three vehicles involved in the July 19 wreck.

The NTSB says the agency’s goal is to determine if there are any nationwide safety issues the crash may expose.

Twenty-two-year-old Morgan Lake of Sunderland survived a 40-foot plunge off the bridge and swam to some rocks below the bridge until she was rescued.

AAA Mid-Atlantic and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski had called for a federal investigation into the bridge’s safety.

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WTOP’s Andrew Mollenbeck and the Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow @mollenbeckWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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