Father jumps auto over open drawbridge in terrifying stunt to save family

Middle Thorofare Bridge connects Wildwood and Cape May New Jersey

A New Jersey family's trip to the beach briefly turned into that scene from Blues Brothers, when the drawbridge they were driving on began to rise, leaving the driver no choice but to slam on the gas and jump the damn thing.

A motorist gunned his engine to jump over an opening drawbridge.

"An employee for the Cape May County Bridge Commission stated that a large vessel was approaching the bridge and they had no contact with that vessel due to their radio being down", state police said in their report.

Terrence Naphys and his wife Jackie were in the auto with their daughter and her friend.

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

"It's scary what's going through your mind", Terence told NBC 4. The operator told police he was blinded by a sun glare when he checked the bridge for cars before raising the bridge, and expected Naphys' SUV to make it off the bridge in time.

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.

"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", he told the news outlet. Fortunately, none of the occupants suffered any injury, but the RAV4 sustained over $10,000 in damage (which we can only assume is a bent frame).

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. Authorities say the incident is under investigation.

"My wife said, 'I think the bridge is opening, '" said Terrence Naphys.

While Naphys is proud of his white-knuckle heroics, he says he's officially retired from jumping the Middle Thorofare Bridge.

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