A New Jersey family almost lost their lives when they had to pull off a bold move – straight from an action film — and escaped the clutches of an opening drawbridge. Terrance Naphys and his family were en route by car to Cape May earlier this month when they found themselves caught in a terrifying situation as they were crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge, which joins Wildwood and Cape May.Unexpectedly, the steel
Unexpectedly, the steel grate of the bridge began to open beneath them, climbing between 3 and 6 feet in the air — and Naphys made a fast decision to drive over the bridge.”He stepped on the gas and of course then we landed with a big bang on the concrete on the side,” Jackie Naphys, Terrence’s wife told CBS Philadelphia in an interview this week.
Terrance Naphys considers his risky stunt in his car saved his family’s life. “I’m thankful we are still here because I think if we went in the water or remained on the bridge, we wouldn’t still be here, or we would be seriously hurt,” he told the news outlet.
Miraculously, the family’s car suffered only minor damage to the front undercarriage as a result of the action on the bridge. Naphys had just stopped paying the toll and was led on the drawbridge when it began to open because of a large passing boat, according to the New Jersey State Police. “A worker for the Cape May County Bridge Commission said that a large vessel was approaching the bridge and they had no contact with this boat on account of their radio being down,” State Police.
According to troopers, a bridge worker in charge of operating the steel grate might not have seen the Naphys his car going over the bridge due to sun glare. Police have determined that the Cape May County Bridge Commission is to blame for the possibly fatal incident, according to CBS Philadelphia.
“We take the protection of the traveling public very seriously and systems are in place to prevent incidents such as the one that’s been reported from happening. After the results of our investigation are complete we’ll take any and all necessary actions to ensure that the continued safety of our clients,” the bridge commission said in a statement to the news outlet.