Cape May, New Jersey Members of a New Jersey family say they’re lucky to be alive after a terrifying incident while crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge, which connects Wildwood and Cape May.
CBS Philadelphia reports it happened on Aug. 1, when the Naphys family was heading to Cape May to shop and eat.
When the bridge started to open, driver Terrance Naphys says he barely had time to think, so he gunned the engine and cleared the opening.
“My wife said, ‘I think the bridge is opening,”‘ said Terrence recalled.
“He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the other side,” said Jackie Naphys.
According to New Jersey State Police, Naphys had just finished paying the toll when they continued toward the top of the bridge.
But that’s when, police say, an employee of the bridge commission flipped a switch to activate the flashing red lights and flashing rails on the bridge.