Published On: Mon, Aug 21st, 2017

Motorist Pressured to Bounce Over Elevated Drawbridge


PHOTO: A motorist gunned his engine to leap over a gap drawbridge. (picture through Flickr/Doc Searls)

A motorist heading for a trip in Cape Could, New Jersey earlier this month was confronted with an only-in-Hollywood fashion dilemma. Whereas crossing the Center Thorofare Bridge which connects the Wildwoods with Cape Could, Terence Naphys and his spouse observed the drawbridge began to open beneath their car.

Naphys, who was driving along with his spouse, their daughter and a buddy, stated his choices had been restricted. Afraid his SUV may fall over backward on its roof or drop into the water 65 toes beneath the bridge, he took the one possibility he felt was viable. He gunned the engine and jumped the car over the hole to the opposite aspect.       

“It is scary what is going on by your thoughts,” stated Naphys in an interview with NBC Philadelphia. “We may have all landed within the water.”

Happily, the car landed safely on the opposite aspect. Though Naphys was capable of drive away, the SUV sustained some $10,000 in harm, together with a bent suspension.

In accordance with Cape Could County officers, the incident is being investigated as an operator error. Apparently, a fishing vessel that attempted to move underneath the bridge had misplaced radio communications so there was no manner for the bridge operator to contact the boat.

Moreover, stated the operator, he thought the SUV had had sufficient time to clear the bridge however when he checked the bridge, he was blinded by the solar’s glare.

Cape Could County officers say the bridge, which was first inbuilt 1940 and has no security mechanisms in place, wants some $200 million in repairs.

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As for Naphys, he isn’t planning on doing any extra bridge crossings within the close to future.

“I’ll by no means ever drive that bridge or most likely any drawbridge once more,” he stated.


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