SUV jumps open drawbridge

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PALM BEACH, FL - You've seen video of drivers attempting to beat trains.

But the camera on the Flagler Bridge caught a driver jumping a bridge as it's going up.

As Rachel Leitao learned, the jump was not the act of a dare devil.

But more likely distracted driving.

As the Flagler Bridge is going up.

We see --boom! An SUV plow through the bridge arms.

And jump the bridge as it's rising!

According to police, the driver may not have been looking at the road.

"It was a distracted driver incident and the individual was coming back towards West Palm and didn't see the bridge arms coming down, it was suspected the guy was messing with his GPS."

Police say 29-year-old James Montano may have been using a gps while driving and he's lucky it didn't cost him his life!

"Stay focused. You have a 2000 lb vehicle you're in charge of. The implications of what could have happened, had he hit at a different time or he hit the ramp and went over the side. You're talking about a potentially fatal accident."

But fortunately for Montano, his timing was impeccable.

"You see the arms go down and then you see the vehicle just come in and he's hitting it just at the moment that it's starting to go up."

The bridge was closed for about 5 hours Saturday as crews worked to repair the traffic arm Montano plowed through.

Montano and his passenger were treated for minor injuries on scene.

But his car, not so lucky.

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