Serious case of arachnophobia causes highway crash

Rear-ender on Pat Bay Highway caused by fear of spiders, driver tells police

A wayward spider is blamed for a rear-end crash on Highway 17 at the Island View Road intersection.

On Feb. 3 around 7 p.m. a driver stopped for the light when his vehicle was rear-ended by another driver. The woman driving the second car told Central Saanich police that she was distracted by a spider and suffers from a spider phobia. Both injuries and damage were minimal in the accident.