A family from New Jersey cheated death when a drawbridge underneath their car suddenly opened forcing them to pull off a wild move that actually saved their lives.
Terrance Naphys and his family were traveling by car to Cape May earlier this month and found themselves in an improbable situation while they were crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge near the Jersey shore.
While their vehicle was crossing the steel grate, it started rising between 3 to 6 feet as a vessel was trying to cross.
Fearing that they would fall 65 feet down into the water, Naphys – who was with his wife, his daughter and her friend – decided to accelerate his Toyota RAV4 and jumped the gap.
He believes his quick thinking saved his family’s life.
“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,” Naphys told reporters.
Conservative Tribune reports:
“It’s scary what’s going through your mind,” he said. “We could have all landed in the water.”
The car flew 6 feet in the air before landing safely on the other side. Naphys said he didn’t even realize what happened until after they were safe.