Spider scare leads to Georgia woman's van rolling into river

The van floated downstream a few feet in the river north of Atlanta and then became "totally submerged," police said.
The Etowah River at Neel's Landing boat launch in north Georgia.
The Etowah River at Neel's Landing boat launch in north Georgia.Thomson200 / Wikimedia Commons

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By Minyvonne Burke

A spider scare landed a woman's van in a river.

An unidentified Georgia woman was backing her Kia van down a boat ramp to put her kayak in a river in Kingston, about 56 miles north of Atlanta, on Sunday when she was startled by an unwanted visitor.

A spider suddenly jumped in her lap, according to a Georgia State Patrol press release.

Frightened, the woman said she jumped out of the vehicle without putting it in park. The van then rolled into the Etowah River, floated downstream a few feet and then became "totally submerged," the department said.

A boater in the area tried to find the van, but couldn't. The woman's insurance company will try to get a dive team to locate and remove the van, authorities said.