Body of missing state transportation worker pulled from Hood Canal near bridge

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SHINE, Wash. (AP) — Salvage crews have recovered the body and truck of a state transportation worker from waters near Hood Canal Bridge.

Acting state Transportation Secretary Roger Millar told employees of the recovery in an email Thursday morning.

Searchers began looking for the bridge maintenance worker on May 17 after he went missing at the end of his shift Monday night. Officials found evidence that a vehicle had breached a pedestrian cable railing on the lower deck of the bridge.

The man's submerged vehicle was found early Monday north of the bridge.

Millar said it may be some time before they know what caused the accident. He says the worker, whom he did not identify, will be remembered as a champion for safety and for his willingness to respond to any need at the Hood Canal Bridge.

Through Millar, the man's family thanked the search crews and others for their help.