A New Jersey family's trip to the beach briefly turned into that scene from Blues Brothers, when the drawbridge they were driving on began to rise, leaving the driver no choice but to slam on the gas and jump the damn thing.
They had been travelling from Wildwoods to Cape May, which are connected by the bridge, to go for dinner on August 1.
Terrence said he thinks if he hadn't jumped across the rising bridge, his family could have been seriously hurt.
A fishing vessel was attempting to to pass underneath the bridge, but its radio was not working and the operator couldn't contact it, officials said.
Naphys, who was driving with his wife, their daughter and a friend, said his options were limited.
Jackie Naphys, who was also in the auto along with her daughter and her daughter's friend, said her husband floored the vehicle when he realized the bridge was opening underneath them. He gunned the engine and jumped the vehicle over the gap to the other side. We could have all landed in the water, Mr Naphys told NBC Philadelphia.
The vehicle landed on the other side of the bridge and the family was able to drive away without any injuries. Although Naphys was able to drive away, the SUV sustained some $10,000 in damage, including a bent suspension.
The bridge tender told police he activated the bridge's lights and gates in anticipation that all vehicles would be clear.
The bridge was built in 1940 and needs as much as $200 million in repairs and renovations, according to Cape May County officials.
Her husband added: "I will never ever drive that bridge or probably any drawbridge again". The Cape May County Bridge Commission is now investigating the incident.
Authorities say the operator of the bridge was at fault for causing the scare.
As for Naphys, he is not planning to do any more bridge crossings in the near future.