Georgia woman’s van rolls into river, sinks after spider scare, police say

A Georgia woman’s KIA van ended up at the bottom of a river over the weekend after a spider crawled onto her lap, authorities said.

The unidentified woman claimed the eight-legged crawler was such a fright that she ran out of the van, allowing it to roll into the river, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing Georgia State Troopers. Police said by the time officers arrived at the scene the van had disappeared from view.

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“She stated that it floated downstream a few feet,” a state trooper told the paper. “And within seconds, it was totally submerged. A passerby in a boat attempted to locate the van, but without success.”

The woman said she was trying to back the van down a boat launch so she could slide her kayak into the river when she spotted the spider, according to police.

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No injuries were reported during the scare. The woman’s insurance company will reportedly pay for divers to retrieve the van.

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Earlier this month, a panicked motorist in New York escaped injury after flipping his vehicle when a spider jumped onto his leg. That incident followed another arachnid scare in New York where a woman injured her leg and totaled her car because she spotted a spider inside her vehicle.