Holidaymakers forced to perform stunt-jump to prevent accident 0

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Normally, you don’t tend to associate holidays with death-defying stunts and feats of incredible bravery but that was the adrenaline pumping situation one US family found themself in, when the highway drawbridge they were on started to lift.

The Naphy family were crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge in Cape May county on their way to a favourite holiday spot on the New Jersey coastline when they found themselves going up in the world.

According to a report released by the Lower Township Police, a fishing vessel experiencing radio difficulties was approaching the drawbridge. The bridge operator, with glare in his eyes from the sun, did not spot the Naphy family’s Toyota RAV4 making its way across and started to raise the bridge.   

So what do you do in that situation? Do you sit back and wait for the inevitable plummet to earth or do you try to take evasive action to prevent the inevitable?

Terence Naphy decided to take matter into his own hands, accelerated and launched the RAV4 over the edge of the drawbridge, the car falling six feet onto the adjoining section. Fortunately, no-one in the car was injured but the Toyota itself suffered $10,000 worth of damage.

When asked his feelings about the stunt he was involuntary forced to perform, Terence Naphy said he, “will never ever drive that bridge or probably any drawbridge again.” Can’t really blame him I suppose…

The Cape May County Bridge Commission is blaming the incident on ‘operator error’.

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