Let’s face it, no matter how tough you are, spiders are creepy. They may be some of the oldest types of life on the planet, but there’s nothing natural about the way they walk, eat, or hang out in their webs all day waiting for a delicious snack. But that being said, there’s no reason to crash your car, or set a gas station on fire when you’re dealing with a spider. Usually, a rolled up newspaper, or a shoe will get the job done. But some people have an extreme fear of spiders and when they see one, they don’t react like a normal person would. For further proof, check out this list of people who almost killed themselves trying to kill a spider.Accidents caused by spiders seem to be happening more often. Either there are more spiders, or more people that are arachnophobic. Either way, it’s scary! Having an unnecessary overreaction to spiders doesn’t just mean that you’ll feel like a dummy for punching a hole in your wall, it can mean death or critical injuries for the people around you. To make sure you don’t end up on a list of accidents caused by bugs, take a deep breath the next time you see a spider, and whatever you do – please don’t light it on fire. Vote on the most extreme overreactions to a spider, and then tell us about how you blew up your garage trying to defend your home from an eight legged monster.
In Cairo, New York, a woman totaled her car when she crashed into a tree because a spider appeared her the front seat. Police say she ended up with an injured leg. They posted photos of the accident on the Town of Cairo New York Police Department Facebook page in order to warn drivers against the dangers of panicking behind the wheel.
The post reads, "We know that it is easier for some drivers than others but PLEASE, try to teach new drivers and yourselves to overcome the fear and pull over to a safe place. Lives depend on it."
On the evening of October 23, 2018, a man from Fresno, CA, accidentally set his house on fire after attempting to exterminate spiders with a blowtorch. The man was alone in the house, which he was watching for his parents, when he discovered Black Widows in the garage.
The man escaped injury-free, but the second story and the attic of the house weren't as fortunate. Roughly 30 firefighters responded to the emergency call, and they were able to put it out.
"Please don't use a blowtorch to kill spiders," the Fresno City Firefighters account tweeted.
On September 21, 2016, a woman in Portland, OR rolled her car off the road when a spider dropped from the rearview mirror, scaring the living sh*t out of her. The unnamed motorist lost control of her sedan, flipping the vehicle into a roadside ditch. Though the car was totaled, the driver escaped with a relatively harmless scratch on her hand. Police searched for the spider, but were unable to find it. It's unclear whether it was injured.
A man in Detroit tried to kill a spider while gassing up. His weapon of choice? A lighter. Apparently he forgot about that whole "no smoking" rule at gas stations and the pump burst into flames. The man apologized, but it's still a pretty dumb decision.