DEATH VALLEY, California – Tarantulas, typically harmless and leisurely creatures, rarely pose a threat to humans or vehicles. However, an unexpected encounter led to a sudden braking incident, resulting in a Death Valley crash after tarantula sighting that sent a motorcyclist to the hospital.
The National Park Service reported that this unusual incident occurred on the afternoon of October 28th.
A Swiss couple was driving along CA-190 east of Towne Pass within Death Valley National Park when they spotted a tarantula slowly crossing the road. In an effort to avoid harming the tarantula, they abruptly hit the brakes, leading to a collision as a motorcyclist collided with the back of their rented camper van.
The 24-year-old Canadian motorcyclist was subsequently transported to a hospital in Pahrump via a National Park Service ambulance.
The National Park Service is advising all visitors to exercise caution when driving within Death Valley National Park, especially on steep terrain. Many of the park’s roads still bear gravel patches resulting from flood damage caused by California’s exceptionally wet winter, and various wildlife can be encountered throughout the park.
And for those concerned about the well-being of the tarantula, the National Park Service confirmed that the spider emerged from the incident unharmed.
We send our sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to the accident victims. If you or a loved one ever experience a tragic motorcycle accident in California, please know that assistance is readily available.