Tiny Spider Causes Woman to Jump out of Moving Van, Crashes into River

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.

A Total Loss

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.

Other Incidents

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.