According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, a car accident happens every 60 seconds in the United States. There are tons of different causes behind these collisions, but this particular instance in Cleveland, Ohio falls into its own unique category: Crash by cicada.
The driver of a Chevy Cruze was traveling down the road on the east side of Cleveland, windows down, enjoying the nice weather. But, in a matter of seconds, things went horribly wrong. According to the police report, a cicada apparently flew through the window and hit the driver in the face. Now, I’m not sure if it was the impact to the face or the owner’s fearful reaction that caused him to veer off the road, but the vehicle ended up slamming head first into a metal pole, causing pretty severe damage.
While the cicada was later discovered to be what caused the wreck, the insect didn’t actually survive the crash. It was found dead on the floorboard, but luckily the driver was able to exit the vehicle with minor injuries. I guess that’s one way to get rid of a bug, if you don’t mind trashing your vehicle in the process. Insurance companies have heard lots of stories, but this might be a new one for them. Police had advised city residents to keep their windows up while traveling, as this June — which is when the incident occurred — marked prime cicada season. After a 17-year hiatus, by the way.
That’s a situation I wouldn’t wish on anyone. We all have that one friend who absolutely freaks out at the sight of bugs, and I’d assume that this driver reacted in a similar manner. It may have been quite an unpleasant experience for them, but at least he’ll have one hell of a story to tell now.