Woman's van rolls into river after spider mishap forces her to abandon vehicle

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
A woman jumped out of her moving van in fear after spotting a spider on her lap (GETTY)

A woman’s van ended up at the bottom of a river after jumping out due to a spider on her lap.

The eight-legged creature crawled on to her while she was driving in Georgia, US.

The woman was backing her Kia van down the Neel’s Landing boat launch at the time of the incident, so she could place her kayak into the river.

But when she noticed the spider, the woman jumped from the van in fear while it was still moving.

Sunset in Etowah river just behind Indian Mounds

She then watched the vehicle roll into the Etowah river, where it was submerged ‘within seconds’.

Police sent officers to the boat launch, located in the western part of Bartow County, near Kingston.

But when they arrived the vehicle had disappeared in the river and could not be located.

A Georgia State Patrol spokesperson said: ‘She stated that it floated downstream a few feet and within seconds, it was totally submerged.

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‘A passerby in a boat attempted to locate the van, but without success.’

The spokesperson added the woman’s insurance company pay for a dive team to locate the van and tow it out of the river.

The woman’s identity has not yet been revealed.