Croat leaps open bridge in car

Still from video of woman driving her car over an open drawbridge in Tisno, Croatia Image copyright YouTube
Image caption The leap was caught on CCTV

A woman in Croatia startled onlookers by leaping several metres across a raised bridge in her car, apparently after missing a red light.

The movable part of the bridge in the seaside town of Tisno was raised at 2.5m (8ft) when the yellow Peugeot zipped up it and landed on the other side, the local news portal Sibenikin reports. The unnamed woman, 58, passed a red light that had just come on, according to bridge warden Tome Mejic Sidic. "I was shouting and gesturing her to stop but it was no use", he says. "She ignored me, went full throttle and flew across the bridge. I was convinced she'd overturn the car." The "jump" was captured on CCTV.

Another witness estimates the woman's speed at about 80km/h (50mph). "It sounded like a bomb had gone off," he says of the landing. "There was a terrible noise and all the airbags were opened by the force of the crash." The driver and her passenger came to a halt next to a cafe on the other side, unharmed. The woman reportedly later told police that she'd been blinded by the sun and hadn't seen the red light.

The bridge in Tisno has previously tempted drivers to take a chance, it appears. Tome Sidic says a tractor tried to take it on once but was nowhere nearly fast enough.

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