An Oregon driver managed to roll and total her vehicle on Wednesday after being startled by a spider dropping into her lap.
The woman, whose identity remains anonymous, was reportedly approaching an intersection in Portland when the spider descended down into her personal space.
The woman lost control of the car and rolled it into a ditch, according to The Huffington Post.
Luckily, the driver emerged from the overturned vehicle nearly unscathed, suffering just a scratch on her hand as a result of the crash.
“Spider season in full swing,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office noted in a Twitter post along with a photo from the scene of the accident.
Spider season in full swing.Driver not injured after crash when spider drops from mirror on NW Thompson Rd today.BR pic.twitter.com/oV3woHyv9Z— WC Sheriff's Office (@WCSheriff) September 21, 2016
The tweet received quite a bit of attention with reactions ranging from genuine empathy to sarcasm.
@WCSheriff You think driving with a spider is bad, try being trapped in a car upside down with one.— Adam (@Ajas95) September 21, 2016
@WCSheriff I totally understand how that could happen.— Deplorable Darryl (@dOOubleVisiOOn) September 22, 2016
Hope driver is doing well.
@WCSheriff Did the spider survive?— Kris Laurance (@Usborncitizen) September 21, 2016
@WCSheriff The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the steering wheel.— supertorqued (@supertorqued) September 21, 2016
Not seeing it yet the fear will soon be real.
@WCSheriff Down came the spider from the center mirror.— supertorqued (@supertorqued) September 21, 2016
And the ditzy ditzy driver crashed her car with a squeal.
@WCSheriff I probably would've reacted the same way. I'm terrified of spiders.— Ann (@AnnDemocrat) September 22, 2016
Arachnophobia is a real thing, although there is no confirmation that the driver in this incident suffers from the paralyzing fear. She may have just been caught off guard which caused her to crash or the spider was much larger than most of us realize.
Despite the loss of her car, the woman should certainly be thankful to be alive after her near tragic experience. Another silver lining to come from this is that she now has a great story to use as an icebreaker at parties.
Banner Photo Credit: Twitter @WCSheriff