A West Deptford family is OK after a drawbridge opened on their way from vacation in Wildwood. Authorities are investigating what went wrong.

Middle Thorofare Bridge - Photo: Google Earth
Middle Thorofare Bridge - Photo: Google Earth

The Cape May County Herald reports the Naphys family was crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge between Wildwood and Cape May when it started to open.

Terrence Naphys accelerated the car forward to avoid the car from rolling back.

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.

The Cape May County Herald mentions the bridge has been a cause for concern for some time now because of its age and current condition.

Authorities are investigating the situation.

Read the full story on Cape May County Herald or NJ.com

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