A woman in Cairo, New York ran her vehicle off the road after she was surprised to find a spider in the passenger seat, according to a police report.
“After investigating today's crash on Silver Spur Road we feel it necessary to bring up a contributing factor that is not covered too often,” wrote the Town of Cairo, New York Police Department
on its Facebook page April 10.
“It is believed that the operator of the vehicle noticed a SPIDER in the drivers area with her as she was driving. The operator panicked and crashed suffering a leg injury from the crash.”
While it's hard for those with arachnophobia or any sort of fear of insects to fathom, the police department suggested training new drivers to try to stay calm and pull over if they notice a six- or eight-legged passenger in their car.
Reactions on the post, which netted more than 250 comments, seemed a mix of witty remarks; and outpourings of sympathy for the driver, with the ratio tilted in favour of the latter.