This West Deptford family are luckily OK after the drawbridge opened on their way from vacation in Wildwood. Authorities are investigating what went wrong.

As someone who is petrified of drawbridges, this has to be one of my worst nightmares.

The Cape May County Herald reports, the Naphys family was crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge when it started to open. Terrence Naphys accelerated the car forward to avoid the car from rolling back. Which in that situation, I probably would have done the same.

Unfortunately, the car fell a few feet from the bridge and onto the flat roadway. Luckily, the family was only bruised, and not severely injured.

So what happened?

According to the family, they paid the toll following three other cars driving across. They think due to the sun's glare, perhaps the toll collector just didn't see them on the bridge.

But, what about the barrier that's dropped when the drawbridge is up? Apparently, they didn't see anything blocking nor were they trying to race the bridge opening. In addition, the driver behind them yelled for the bridge open to stop when he/she noticed the Naphys family's car.

Cape May County Herald mentions the bridge has been a cause for concern for some time now because of its age and current condition. As of now, authorities are investigating the situation, which seems to me like negligence.

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