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Lower Township Police Department
Thursday August 17th, 2017 :: 11:37 a.m. EDT


Motor Vehicle Crash Investigated on Top of Middle Thorofare Bridge

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Lower Township Police Department responded to the Middle Thorofare Bridge, on Ocean Drive in Cold Spring, to investigate a single car motor vehicle crash. 
Upon arrival, Special Officer Garrett Moretti met with the driver of the vehicle, Terence Naphys, who resides in Thorofare NJ.  Mr. Naphys advised Officer Moretti that he and his family had paid the toll on top of the bridge and began to proceed South onto the steel metal grate.  As his vehicle was crossing the grate, it began to rise to allow a commercial fishing vessel to pass underneath.  Mr. Naphys accelerated his vehicle forward to get off the rising grate and onto the concrete roadway, causing minor damage to the front under carriage of his vehicle due to dropping from the height the grate had already risen. 
The initial Investigation revealed the incident was caused by operator error on behalf of the bridge tender.  The Cape May County Bridge Commission was notified of the incident by Sergeant John Chew for further investigation. 
Neither Mr. Naphys, nor any of his family, reported any injuries as a result of the incident.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the vehicle was driven from the scene. 
To report information regarding this or any other incident, you can report anonymously by going to and click on "submit anonymous tips" or by going to the Cape May County Sheriff's Tip Line at
You can also report anonymously by telephone, by calling Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801 or by contacting the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office at 609-465-1168.
You may also contact Sergeant John Chew directly at the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-2711. 

Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

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Non-emergencies: 609-886-1619

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