Woman crashes car after spotting spider in driver's area, police say

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Police in a small New York town say a woman was hurt when she crashed her car after being spooked by a spider.

The Cairo Police Department said in a Facebook post Wednesday that the woman noticed a spider near her while she was driving. 

"The operator panicked and crashed suffering a leg injury from the crash," the department's post says. "We know that it is easier for some drivers than others but PLEASE, try to teach new drivers and yourselves to overcome the fear and pull over to a safe place. Lives depend on it."

Police thanked the local fire department, sheriff's office and medical personnel for their help.