A New Jersey family en route to Cape May was forced to make a terrifying jump over the Middle Thorofare Bridge. According to the family, the drawbridge began opening underneath them as they were crossing. The father, who was driving the vehicle at the time, made a split-second decision to gun it across the bridge at full-speed. Fortunately, the decision to jump the bridge saved the lives of this man and his family. However, the vehicle suffered $10,000 in damage to its undercarriage.
The family believes the situation could have been much worse. According to the father, he and his family could have very easily lost their lives.
Authorities are investigating why the drawbridge opened while the family was crossing. The Cape May County Bridge Commission employee responsible for raising the bridge claims he could not see the family due to a strong sun glare. In addition, the employee also claimed he could not contact the vessel approaching the bridge at the time of the incident because its radio was down.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, it could be determined that multiple parties were responsible for this near-miss. New Jersey authorities have maintained that there are systems and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this from occurring.
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