Yup, this car crash began with a spider. (Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department)

It all began innocently enough: An Indiana woman, with her 9-year-old son in tow, put her car in reverse and began backing out of her driveway.

But then terror struck. Specifically, terror in the form of an eight-legged creature, resting upon the driver’s shoulder.

Yes, a spider. And it scared Angela Kipp so much that the 35-year-old jumped out of her moving car on Friday, according to the  Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Somehow, Kipp’s 9-year-old son still had his wits about him, despite his mother having just jumped out of a moving car. The boy sprang into action, climbing from the back seat into the driver’s seat, authorities said. But as he tried to hit the brake pedal, he instead pressed down on the throttle. The car rammed right into a passing school bus.

Thankfully, there were no kids on the bus, and the bus driver escaped without injuries. The impact caused the boy to fall out of the open door and onto the pavement, leaving him with minor injuries, said Sgt. Chad Hill, a spokesman for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Kipp “had complete fear of the spider,” Hill said. “She was responding to the fear of the spider and, unfortunately, had [the car] in gear.”

Hill, who has been on the force for more than 25 years, called it “the most unusual situation to occur in my career.”

“This sequence of events has just got to be astronomical,” he added.

No charges are expected at this time against Kipp (or the spider), and the investigation is continuing.


The school bus into which a car crashed on Friday. (Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department)

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