Family forced to jump their vehicle over bridge in NJ

Middle Thorofare Bridge connects Wildwood and Cape May New Jersey

A family heading to Cape May, New Jersey, found themselves in an improbable situation when a drawbridge started to lift as they attempted to cross it earlier this month.

It happened on August 1, when the Naphys family was heading to Cape May to shop and eat.

Terence Naphys, after paying the $1.50 toll at the Middle Thorofare Bridge that connects the Wildwoods and Cape May via Ocean Drive, was heading across the bridge when a steel metal grate suddenly lifted 3 to 6 feet underneath his auto, Naphys told Lower Township police.

A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family.

Terence, his wife Jacqueline, their 16-year-old daughter Kaity, and her friend were in the auto, terrified at what could happen.

"It's scary what's going through your mind", Terence Naphys said.

The Naphys family were driving across New Jersey's Middle Thorofare Bridge which is a considerable height above deep water, when the operator was "blinded by the sun" as a fishing vessel was trying to pass through.

Mr Naphys was on holiday his wife Jacquelyn, daughter Kaity, 16, and her 16-year-old friend, when the incident happened.

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"He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the side", said Jackie Naphys.

However, they landed safely on the other side of the 65-foot-tall bridge and were able to drive away without injury.

Terence was also upset: "I will never ever drive that bridge or probably any drawbridge again", he said.

"I'm thankful we're still here because I think if we went in the water or stayed on the bridge we wouldn't still be here, or we'd be seriously, seriously injured", said Terrence Naphys.

When they landed the auto sustained $10,000 in damages, though no one inside was hurt.

Witnesses say the family soar four-to-six feet through the air to bridge the gap, according to the Courier-Post.

But the Naphys say no one from the bridge commission has reached out to them.

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