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Driver Crashes Car After Seeing Spider In Lap

| by Michael Howard

A driver in Pennsylvania lost control of his car and crashed it into a utility pole because of a spider.

The incident occurred on April 7 around 2:30 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, the driver reportedly said he went off the road after "he thought there was a spider on his lap and panicked," according to WPMT.

The vehicle was wrapped around a utility pole and had to be towed. The driver was uninjured.

Spiders have been known to cause car accidents.

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In 2016, an Oregon woman careened off the road and rolled her car into a ditch when a spider dropped down from the rearview mirror, according to CNN. The driver walked away with just a scratch on her hand.

The previous year, an Indiana woman's car was slammed into by a school bus after a spider caused her to jump out of her car, ABC News reported at the time.

Angela Kipp, 35, was backing out of her driveway when she saw a spider on her shoulder. The car was still moving as she jumped out. Her 9-year-old son climbed into the driver's seat and tried to brake, but accidentally pushed the accelerator.

The car was hit by a passing school bus, and the 9-year-old was taken to the hospital with minor head injuries. No one on the school bus was injured.

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Sgt. Chad Hill of Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department described the accident as "completely unique" and "bizarre."

"It's incredible that it wasn't more tragic," he said.

The fear of spiders has also caused house fires.

In 2014, a Seattle man set his laundry room on fire when he tried to use a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider, according to KOMO.

"I don't want to encourage people to do this, but that's what he did," firefighter Kyle Moore said. "The spider tried to get into the wall. He sprayed flames on the wall, lit the wall on fire, and that extended up to the ceiling."

The man attempted to douse the flames with water but left the house after the fire began to spread into his attic. The fire had done significant damage to the house by the time firefighters managed to put it out.

"There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire," Moore said. "Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider."

"I'm pretty sure the spider did not survive this fire," he added. "The whole wall went."

Sources: WPMT, CNN, ABC News, KOMO / Photo credit: Philip N. Cohen/Wikimedia Commons

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