Family Forced to Jump New Jersey Drawbridge

Family Forced to Jump New Jersey Drawbridge

A motorist heading for a vacation in Cape May, New Jersey earlier this month was faced with an only-in-Hollywood style dilemma.

A New Jersey family said they had to jump across the bridge after it unexpectedly started opening underneath their vehicle.

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

Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had his entire family in his vehicle when he made the snap decision after paying the $1.50 toll for the Middle Thorofare Bridge August 1, the Associated Press reports.

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

Its radio communication was down and the bridge operator could not contact the larger boat, officials said.

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

"He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the side", the man's wife, Jackie Naphys, told CBS Philadelphia in an interview this week. His auto sustained minor damage and was able to drive away from the scene.

Mr Naphys was reportedly already near the centre of the bridge and was forced to accelerate his Toyota RAV 4 to jump the 6ft gap out of fear the auto would fall 65ft into the deep bay below. We could have all landed in the water, Mr Naphys told NBC Philadelphia.

According to troopers, a bridge employee in control of operating the steel grate may not have seen the Naphys family's vehicle going over the bridge due to sun glare.

Cape May County officials say the bridge, which was first built in 1940 and has no safety mechanisms in place, needs some $200 million in repairs.

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

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