Dad launches vehicle with family inside over opening drawbridge

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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.

Naphys isn't sure when he'll have the courage to cross a bridge again.

Terence Naphys paid a toll at the top of the Middle Thorofare Bridge in Cold Spring, New Jersey, and was heading south towards the steel metal grate when it suddenly lifted, he told Lower Township police.

Feeling the bridge rising beneath them, fearless dad Terence Naphys immediately put his foot down and leaped over the widening gap.

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

"My wife said, 'I think the bridge is opening, '" Terence Naphys told KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

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

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"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. He was able to jump his RAV4 off the bridge and land safely on the other side. "We could have all landed in the water".

No one was hurt but the vehicle sustained $10,000 (£7,800) damage.

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.

A commercial fishing vessel was trying to pass under the bridge, and its radio communication was down, officials said.

In a statement sent to CBS3, the Cape May County Bridge Commission says they are also investigating this incident.

The bridge was built in 1940 and needs as much as $200 million (£155m) worth of repairs and renovations, according to officials.

As for Naphys, he is not planning to do any more bridge crossings in the near future.

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