A woman in Georgia, startled by a spider, made a split-second decision on Sunday. Unfortunately, it resulted in her van being swallowed by the Etowah River.
The unidentified woman was backing her van down a boat ramp when suddenly a spider crawled into her lap. In response, the woman panicked and leapt from the vehicle, leaving it to roll into the river.
By the time officials arrived on the scene, her Kia van was no longer visible.
“She stated that it floated downstream a few feet,” explained a spokesperson for Georgia State Patrol. “And within seconds, it was totally submerged. A passerby in a boat attempted to locate the van, but without success.”
What was supposed to be a nice time spent kayaking turned into the loss of the woman’s van. And it’s all because of a little spider. Now, her insurance company will have to hire divers to locate the vehicle so it can be towed.
Often overlooked as a cause for motor vehicle accidents, spider scares have been contributing factors several times in recent days.
Last month, a woman in New York totaled her car and suffered a leg injury after panicking over a spider.
Earlier this month, a man – also in New York – flipped his car after being startled by a spider, too. The man reportedly swerved off the road and hit an embankment while trying to deal with the creepy intruder.