A driver in New York has suffered a leg injury after crashing when she noticed a spider in her car.
Police from the town of Cairo in New York state posted on Facebook on Thursday about a serious crash that left the driver with a leg injury.
"After investigating today's crash on Silver Spur Rd, we feel it necessary to bring up a contributing factor that is not covered too often," the post said.
"It is believed that the operator of the vehicle noticed a spider in the driver's area with her as she was driving. The operator panicked and crashed."
The cops then go onto warn drivers that it is important to "overcome the fear" and pull over to the side of the road if they believe their ability to drive is going to be affected.
"Lives depend on it."
Comments on the post were sympathetic to the woman and a fear of spiders.
"For safety measures [they] should probably burn the car too. Just to make sure it's really dead," said one user, while another said: "I almost done the same thing luckily I was where I could pull over [sic]."
Images of the car posted with the statement show the front bonnet destroyed.
In 2013, a study by Erie Insurance in the United States found that one percent of deadly driver distractions were from insects or unrestrained pets.
The condition of the spider is not known.