A family heading to Cape May, New Jersey, earlier this month was left in shock after a drawbridge lifted right underneath their car and they were forced to jump the opening.
Terrence Naphys and his family were heading to Cape May on Aug. 1 when they almost ended up plunging 65 feet off the Middle Thorofare Bridge.
According to CBS Philadelphia, the family was on the metal gate of the bridge getting ready to cross to the other side when it suddenly lifted three to six feet in the air.
Jackie Naphys, who was also in the car with her daughter and her daughter’s friend, said her husband accelerated the vehicle when he realized the bridge was opening beneath them.
Terrence said if he hadn’t jumped across the rising bridge, his family wouldn’t be here today.
Officials said the bridge started opening because a commercial fishing vessel was passing underneath. The bridge also had no way of communicating with the boat because the vessel’s radio wasn’t working.
The bridge operator said he thought the bridge was clear before he opened it. He claimed it was hard to see because of how bright the sun was.
Terrence told NBC 4 that there was $10,000 worth of damage to his car and that he will never “drive that bridge or probably any drawbridge again.”
Earlier in July, a man jumped off the George Washington Bridge to attempt suicide. Port Authority cops and the NYPD found the man just after 6:30 a.m. and pulled his fully-clothed body out of the water.
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