Florida driver is turned upside down by rising drawbridge in video

If you’ve ever crossed a drawbridge and thought you’d hate to get caught there doing its thing, here’s a creepy look at just what that’s like.

The video above shows a car crossing a bridge in Lantana, Florida, over the Intracoastal Waterway. The Honda Accord is almost over when the bridge starts to rise and the car is lifted with it. As the situation unfolds, the driver opens his car door as if to jump out, but there’s clearly a gap below him big enough for him to fall through, so he scraps that idea. Finally, the lifted bridge spits out the Accord onto a level pavement and safety. We have to hand it to the driver because he is seemingly so calm when he gets out of the car. Incredibly, once the bridge is back in place, he can drive away.

County officials told CBS12 that the bridge operator was an employee of the municipality who was fired. WPBF reported that the bridge operator only relied on camera images of the bridge instead of stepping out of the control cabin and did not see the car.

This incident took place on October 21. But it’s only now surfacing as part of a more recent tragedy. Video of the incident was released in light of an investigation into the death of a 79-year-old woman. Carol Wright was crossing a drawbridge in West Palm Beach on her bicycle earlier this month as the bridge began to rise. She held on to the railing of the bridge for a few minutes before falling five or six stories. The bridge tender is being investigated for negligence.